Knit-Stitch Project ©

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Knit-Stitch Project ©

Wool in School ™ are delighted to announce the launch of our intergenerational knitting  project,Knit-Stitch© with Schools , older people in the community and Nursing Homes in Ireland.

Knit-Stitch© promotes intergenerational learning by creating new possibilities and connections with children and older adults through our tradition of knitting. We believe this is more important now due to the impact of Covid 19 on communities.

Wool in School™ aims to bring a learning opportunity which will enrich all involved
encouraging understanding and respect between generations.

Knit- Stitch© also complements  a number of the seven curriculum areas in Primary Education.

Due to covid 19 the level of contact will be based on communication through facetime calls and, phone calls and text images or zoom based on the option in which a school opts for i.e.. fully class participation with a nursing home or activity group on or with an older family member.

If you would like to do this knitting  project with your school linking in with elderly in the community, Grandparents or local Nursing Homes please use the contact form below.

Benefits for older people
  • wellbeing/mental health
  • community connection  
  • reducing isolation 
  • knowledge sharing
  • sharing transfer of skills 
  • social benefits
  •  building positive relationships
  • equal participation
Benefits for children
  • Wellbeing/mental health. 
  • Support social skills.
  • Focus and attention. 
  • Persistence Critical thinking. 
  • Problem solving supporting motor skills. 
  • Building positive relationships share experience.
  • Mutual respect. 
  • Life long learning breaking down barriers.
  • Citizenship.
  • Myself and others SPHE
  • Project completion. 
  • Presentations. 
  • Teamwork. 
Benefits for the school community
  • Complementing the Primary Curriculum - SPHE, Art Education
  • Linking in with the community/ nursing homes or community elderly , Myself and the wider world.
  • Promoting awareness of school projects community cohesion. 
  • Encouraging shared learning.
  • Support children with additional needs.
  • Education for Sustainable Development Strategy 2030 
  • Consumer and environmental issues.
  • Heritage,  Fabric and Fibre Strand of the Art curriculum

Knit -Stitch Project kit 

Includes
  • A double kit, 1 Adult, 1 child.
  • 2 sets of needles.
  • 2 sets of colourful Irish wool.
  • 2 pattern books.
  • 2 cotton bags.
  • cost €57


"I couldn’t recommend this programme highly enough to primary school teachers. It has been a roaring success!

Niamh Ronan

Teacher

5th and 6th Class

St. Andrew’s N.S. Curragha Co Meath


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St Andrews National School

My 5th and 6th class were thrilled to be asked to take part in the inter generational pilot project, Knit-Stitch with our local nursing home. In a time where children have been missing their own grandparents and elderly relatives they were extremely eager to meet and chat with the residents of the nursing home via Zoom as they understood from their own family circles the isolation they may have been feeling. Lorna from Wool in School delivered their packs and they all personalised the canvas bags. During our first call we rolled skeins and chatted away with the residents. The children gave them all a big wave and introduced themselves and the knitting began. Once they got started there was no stopping them! Each little break there were groups of kids sitting at picnic tables knitting and nattering away. They helped each other to cast on and off after having been shown how on one of our calls. They looked forward to our weekly calls hugely and got to know the residents by name. The programme ties in beautifully with Arts Education (fabric and fibre), SPHE (Myself and the Wider World & Developing Citizenship), literacy (procedural writing), geography (People Living and Working in the Local Area) and history (Local Studies). The possibilities in terms of linkage and integration with the curriculum are endless. The children absolutely LOVED personalising their swatches and used felt, pompoms, googly eyes and much more to create all sorts of beautiful finished products! The diversity of patterns and ideas was fabulous to see. The idea of joining their swatches together with the nursing home residents’ swatches to create bunting appealed to everyone hugely. I couldn’t recommend this programme highly enough to primary school teachers. It has been a roaring success!

Niamh Ronan

Teacher

5th and 6th Class

St. Andrew’s N.S. Curragha Co Meath

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