Trying to teach Pamela to crochet takes us both to the edge of our collective competency. I don't know about her, but I feel like a pig on roller skates. Short lessons are a MUST because only five minutes of effort is exhausting. The longest we have every lasted in our first week of lessons was six minutes and forty-five seconds. Here are some tips that have worked for me this week:
- Crochet as a lefty just long enough to be able to demonstrate it to her.
- Scaffold the task by assigning roles: she manipulates the hook while I control the yarn and tension.
- Keep the lesson as short as our mutual patience can tolerate.
- Use declarative language to describe my mental process and preview what she will be doing in the future. "The yarn is too loose. I need to fix my tension."
- When something goes wrong, describe what happened, "Oops, I am holding the yarn too tight."