A Snow Day with Peanut

WIN_20170801_07_04_15_ProSnow Day!

Most kids love to play in the first good snow, but with temperatures below 10 degrees, this Grammy said, “Nooooooooooooo!”

Peanut got here about 8:00 a.m.  We started with a breakfast of sausage and scrambled eggs with orange juice.  Yum!  Of course, this Grammy just ate a boiled egg with coffee. We decided to stay in our pajamas after cleaning up the kitchen mess, and read a book, Little House in the Big Woods.  Peanut is so smart that even though she’s in first grade, she can read 4th grade books.  I read a page and she read a page.

WIN_20170801_07_04_36_ProWhen that got tiresome, we decided to work on a school project she had started.  In her innovated learning class, she had learned to choose a topic, research it, write a plan of action, and carry out the plan.  She had wanted to learn to sew. On her own at school, she had done technology based research, and had written her plan.  She had watched me perform surgery on her favorite stuffed animals in the past.  So, her plan included asking me for help with the sewing project, but she is the one who chose to make the purse.  I showed her how to cut out a pattern, fold it, and carefully connect the remaining 3 sides together with thread.  I had purchased some embroidery thread.  We used it and a large needle to make it easier for her.  I chose felt for the project because I knew the bulky fabric would also help. 

She wanted a flower with her initial on it, so I taught her to sew all this together first, and then attach it to the purse material before sewing the sides.  My sweet grandchild worked and worked.  I was surprised to see how dedicated she seemed.  When her fingers were on the verge of getting sore, I helped out. 

We didn’t finish it that day, but she continued to work on it each time she came to my house.  She is so proud of her little handmade project!  I am proud of her, and we both feel a sense of accomplishment.  I have helped pass down a beneficial, declining skill, and she has gained a self-reliance in obtaining knowledge.  Plus, we had a super fun Snow Day! 


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