Sewing at The Downtown Little School
A few years ago, a child accidentally ripped the button off a teacher's jacket in a game of tag. No problem! When the class went back to the classroom, the child took a needle and thread and sewed the button back on.
The children in the Yellow and Purple Rooms sew. They start with a small mesh square, a blunt needle and brightly colored yarns. The first small square feels like a big achievement to each child. But, by the end of the school year the children have sewed pillows, bags, dinosaurs and kittens. They have made patterns and rainbows, thinking about colors and design.
They have had tangles and been helped by a teacher. They have had tangles and fixed them by themselves or helped a friend. They’ve learned to manage a sharp needle with thread. Sewing involves fine motor control, eye hand coordination, persistence, problem solving and more. The process is challenging but within reach for each child. The product is deeply satisfying.
Sewing is about mastery—trying, failing, trying and succeeding!