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Our Homeschool Explorations class had a chance to practice square knots last Tuesday. The corn husk dolls we made required six knots.
Students always need lots of practice at home when learning to tie knots. Luckily fall is the season for knot tying. Tying shoes before school, tying string on gifts, tying the turkey's legs together, building shelters in the forest, making the last of the season's daisy chains, tying the harvest faire crown around one's head; all chances to practice knots in the autumn.
When I am teaching children to tie knots there are a few tricks that have been helpful. First, if it is comfortable for the child, sit behind them when showing a new knot. Using two different colored strings can be helpful. A story or a rhyme is essential. For square knots, I use the imagery of making a tee-pee and then a person running behind the tee-pee and going inside. I also use the words "right over left and then left over right" as I teach the steps to the knot.