Although all the eager embroiderers from third grade are very keen carry on with their embroidery and grow their skills with this art into their 4th grade year it is not possible. Their curriculum is very full and there is no discretionary time for this kind of activity.
So …we compromised and offered embroidery at the after school program. This is not perfect as it only can be offered to the students who attend the program.
This year I thought it was time to branch out from the counted thread embroidery with which the students have become so comfortable. So for the fifth grade group I offered an elementary goldwork class featuring a Christmas Tree. I have 17 students all learning the skills needed to embroider with gold thread. Very exciting and they love it.
For the 4th graders, building on their counted thread embroidery skills we are using the same fabric as third grade, same threads, same needle but seven new stitches which the fabric is designed to help them master. They choose their own colors and we discuss choices by looking at the color wheel. They will need to design their own names and center the lettering on their project.