Bring Crochet Arts back into elementary school curriculum

Bring Crochet Arts back into elementary school curriculum

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As a parent of a grade schooler, I couldn't help but notice that crochet is no longer being taught in most public elementary schools. I learned how to crochet in grade school in the late 80's, and still helps me now in my midlife years. Crochet was and still is very much part of our culture that can be traced back to the Spanish era.

Today, crocheting helps a lot of women and men stretch their family's spending power. There are actual communities who rely on Crocheting as a livelihood. It is sustainable and helps create productive communities that brings national pride as their crochet projects go global.

These artists and master crafters can compete, if not completely win, in an international setting. So let's start them young. Let us train our children to be productive citizens of the future. Among the learning benefits of teaching crochet to a child are improvements on the following aspects:

Reading - The written patterns will give them exercise both in reading and comprehension. 
Math - They need to count stitches
Abstract comprehension - There are also patterns presented in a graphic form
Critical thinking and problem-solving - they need to figure out where their stitches went wrong.

In addition, Crochet is a valuable tool for "teaching life lessons" like:

Responsibility—Students are responsible in completing their own projects within a specific amount of time given.


Focus — The students learn there is no short-cut and that it is important to follow a certain process.


Persistence—Projects take time and patience to complete.


Positive social behaviors and teamwork— Some Projects like Yarn Bombing require a group to work together to accomplish their goal.


Using available materials—Challenge students to be creative with the materials they have to work with. Crochet allows the use of alternative materials, not just yarn. If the teacher wants to teach the love for environment, they could introduce recycled materials.


Personal hygiene—Students will learn that if they touch their projects with dirty hands, it will become soiled.

Creativity -- Students will learn to incorporate their art into something that they could use everyday.

Business Sense --  Students will quickly learn they can sell their crafts and help their families or their own education.

A real study also proves that crocheting benefits both student and teacher. These are key findings from The Academic Value of Hands-on Craft Projects in Elementary Schools conducted by Rockman Et Al, an independent education research and consulting company for the Craft and Hobby Foundation (www.craftandhobby.org/pdfs/research/01_execsummary.pdf 

Among the findings were:

96% of teachers agreed that students exhibit greater curiosity about the learning unit when hands-on projects are included in the instructional approach.


90% of teachers said that hands-on projects help students understand basic ideas as well as broader concepts.


85% of the teachers said students work cooperatively on handcrafted projects.


82% of teachers said that handcrafts projects help their students apply information in new or different situations.


54% of teachers said this approach is particularly well suited for students who learned more effectively in non-traditional approaches, such as visual or kinesthetic learners, slow readers or writers, or non-native English speakers.

Crochet helps kids in gradeschool age because it gives the child a safe, structured craft with rules and guidelines, but it also gives the child a lot of choice for self-expression of their new emerging identity. 9 years old is the perfect age to introduce crochet.

The Community of Gantsilyo Filipino, a strong group of Filipino men and women crochet artists, hereby petition the Department of Education to bring back crochet to public schools and into the gradeschool curriculum. The whole Gantsilyo Filipino community will support DepEd, please don't hesitate to contact us, we pledge to help in any way we can to help produce strong leaders of tomorrow.

 

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