A confession of a homeschool mother: I don’t know how to sew. I remember learning some basic stitches when I was in high school. We had to do the different kinds of stitches on a cloth (Was it basketweave? Wait, or was that for cross-stitch?) and submit it as a final project. I can mend a small hole on a shirt or sew buttons, snaps, or hook and eye’s, but that’s just how far I can go with a thread and a needle! So, when I found out from a fellow homeschool mom about this sewing class being offered in the south, I took note of it so we could include it in our activities for this schoolyear. Whether I would have the sewing class credited for their TLE (Technology and Livelihood Education) or not, I really think that as girls, Arielle and Kayla should know at least the basics of sewing. For me, sewing is one of the life skills to learn in my checklist, a survival skill. You not only learn how to sew because there are other “hidden” but valuable lessons from it as well!
Arielle and Kayla started last July 6 with Sew Easy and even before that day came, they were already
sew so excited about it! They’ve always enjoyed doing things with their hands and they already had ideas and plans on what they want to make as they eagerly talked about it in the car. Well, that’s their side of excitement! Mine was when I met the owner and teacher of Sew Easy, Anne del Rosario, on that first day I accompanied the girls to their class. It turns out that Anne was a homeschooler herself way back in the late 90′s when just a handful (or practically no one else) was probably doing it here in the Philippines, or at least in Manila. She homeschooled her son back then who’s now at Mint College. You can already imagine the kind of getting-to-know-you we had (It’s always a different kind of warm, hyper feeling when homeschoolers meet, moms and kids alike )
Having a FUN (as described by the girls), friendly, accomodating, and a former homeschool mom (YES!) as a teacher, a
classroom studio with bright, clean, and minimalist-inspired interiors, and just four students in a class for a closely supervised instruction really make sewing SOOO SEW EASY! Their one-hour session every Saturday is just not enough, the girls say!
Here are some shots I took of the girls in preparation for their class and while at work:
And their first project…
Guess what? After seeing their first completed project, I decided to join them myself! I have to admit, I did feel envious that our girls know how to sew and actually made something themselves (The iron-on label got me! ) We three are now all classmates in sewing.
It’s my third time actually to be their classmate. The first was with Arielle in a blogging workshop, which was a worthwhile learning and awakening-of-some-sort experience for me (Two thumbs up!!!) The second was in a craft rubber stamp making workshop, which was also so much fun to do! For this sewing class, Anne politely had to check with me (and the girls) if being together in a class would be alright since some kids tend to act differently when their mom is around. Just to make sure, I asked Arielle and Kayla if it would be okay for me to join and be with them and Arielle nonchalantly replied, “We’re always like that anyway! (There goes my expressive, outgoing, and uninhibited teen! The exact words of description used by Anne herself )
In our homeschooling, I don’t just teach, teach, teach. I learn and get refreshed as I teach lessons and topics. I have opportunities to again become a student myself, enjoy, and be an example of lifelong learning to our kids. Oooops, and not to forget! To have a fun time with my tweenie-teens classmates