:cheering: How exciting is that?!! I'm doing the same thing, I'm creating a knitting club for the next school year at the elementary school that my son goes. I'm really excited about it so I've been doing my research.
I just got myself a booklet from Leisure Arts called "Teaching a group of Kids to Knit". It costs $12.95 at Michaels but you can use one of their 40% coupon like I did.
They suggest not to take more than 8 or 10 kids at the time. But I guess that would depend on weather you are doing it along or with other volunteers. I'm starting my club with 10 and once those 10 kids learn the basis, I'm planning to take more and more until I have the whole school knitting. What a lovely dream!!!! I'm visualizing all the schools in the neighboorhood knitting within a couple of years!
From what I have read everywhere, they suggest worsted weight yarn in light or bright colors (so they can see the stitch better) and size 8 needles (10 inches long). But is always good to keep a couple of extra needles of different sizes because some kids my feel more confortable with smaller or bigger needles. Plastic or bamboo needles are better accepted in schools (safety issue).
Start with a small group of kids because you don't want to get frustrated and you don't want for your students to get frustrated as well. Remember that not everybody learns at the same pace. Try to find volunteers to help you, at least, during the first lessons (CO, K,P, BO). After that, everything will be a piece of cake.
Oh, very important, keep the kids interested by working on small projects. Try not to teach them by knitting a scarf, it's really long and they get bored easily. You can start with a bookmark, wristband, headband, dishcloth,....
I'm currently working on small projects to have them for display during open house so everyone can get excited about joining my club. I'm so excited!! :woot:
I hope I'm not forgetting anything. If you have any other questions, let me know. I've been collecting data and simple patterns from the internet. If you would like, I can copy them into a cd and mail it to you.
I'm so happy you are spreading the art of knitting