The school-age coordinator at the CDC is incredible. She is in charge of the before-and-after school program, as well as the school-age summer program, plus she helps out in all the classrooms throughout the school day. She genuinely loves those big kids, and always has great activities available for them to do.
One of my favorites is sewing. They get to use needles and thread to sew whatever their minds come up with – weird snakes, tiny pillows, ill-fitting doll clothes. It’s fantastic.
We had a windfall and I decided the CDC should have its own sewing machine. Usually when I sew with my kids I lug my own machine to school, but it would be nice to have one that just lived there. I thought a nice mini machine would be cool. (When I was little I had two hand-cranked toy sewing machines – the kind that make a chain stitch.)
I ordered this one from Amazon. (The book is for my class. We’re studying space. The Starburst package is for scale.)) The reviews were mixed. Everyone agreed that it was slow, but a good started machine. Some people, though, said it was a piece of junk. I am a little worried they were right. My first two attempts wound up with a tangled bobbin, but I’ve been messing around with it and I think it might be good to go. We’ll see!
It came with a bonus set of electric scissors. Those things are SCARY. It’s basically a motorized, chopping razor blade. It glides though fabric like it’s nothing. I am scared to think of what it would to to a finger. (It is not going to school.)