Fifth grade teacher Dennine Powe of Kingsford Elementary School in Maryland, decided to educate her students on how to knit after school, according to Maryland Community News Online. Powe believes there are many lessons to be learned with the age-old hobby including hand-eye coordination, patience and critical thinking skills.
"I really wanted to expose kids to a time-honored tradition," Powe, who learned to knit from her guidance counselor in elementary school, told the news source. "It teaches them it's OK to make mistakes, and they can apply that to their lives. It also teaches a lot of patience and endurance."
Approximately 22 students decided to take up Powe on her offer, and are now meeting each Thursday after school to learn more about the fun skill. Some students, such as 11-year-old Sammoya Wright, have already knitted a couple headbands, and are eager to continue their education.
According to BeStillandKnit.com, one school teacher believes knitting is important, as it can show them how to follow patterns and develop their motor skills. It can also teach math by showing what multiplication and addition can do.