I am looking for advice on teaching children (9 - 11 year olds) to knit in a live, online, once a week (for six weeks) class.
I am a teacher by profession, and an intermediate knitter, who has taught after-school knitting (just the basics) classes to about 20 students in total. I recently began teaching online and decided to try a class on knitting. There are about six students signed up and I am getting nervous about not being there in person to physically pick up their needles and make corrections or pull up a dropped stitch.
The plan is to have them cast on with worsted weight yarn and size 8 needles. By casting on 30 to 40 stitches, they will have a the option to knit a very simple garter stitch hat or a scarf, if they are liking the whole knitting process, OR, it it’s not going so well, they can bind off early and call their creation a bookmark or a doll blanket or … In my past experience, children have really wanted to make something, but some run out of gas. They tend to be content with their decision, and I feel good that I have exposed them to knitting. I am willing to be flexible, but am thinking that if I give them an goal to shoot for, we can always punt along the way. For those who really connect with the process, they will be well on their way to making a finished product, perfecting their knitting as they go along.
So… what do you think? Am I forgetting something? Any teaching online advice?
Thanks so much!