There are so many fun and exciting extra curricular activities and hobbies for middle school kids to get involved in. If your sports minded, of course there’s no limit to competitive teams. Basketball, soccer, volleyball, softball, gymnastics and more are great. For the less athletic types, there’s science and math clubs to stir up the academic minds. Creative arts attract the dancers, singers, actors and musicians. Those wanting to focus on doing things for others can volunteer to help the sick, the homeless and those less fortunate than us. All of these interests are wonderful and worthwhile depending on where your interests lie.
This week brings about the traditional week off of school for our kids’ Thanksgiving break in our district. A welcome change from the very scheduled routine that our children are used to, it allows them to try other things. So what do you do now that you have a chance to slow down a bit? Here’s a thought… What do you suppose kids and their families did many years ago simply for enjoyment? Probably reading, homemade games, crafts, and imaginative play for starters. Some activities however were experienced out of necessity and survival. There wasn’t McDonalds, Panera, Einsteins or Froyo stores! Kids learned to cook with their parents in order to eat and stay healthy. And no, it was not a chore because it became a fun activity, one that they learned from.
Another really common and important activity that children learned to do at home was sewing. No Gap, Justice, Ivivva or Target to shop at, families were taught to sew clothing out of need. But that necessity became very satisfying, not only to stay warm but to feel accomplished in creating something special from start to finish.
For those lucky enough to be taught how to sew by a parent, grandparent or friend, this knowledge will be most useful throughout your life. But what about a lot of us who don’t have anyone to teach us the basic craft of sewing? How do you learn and where do you go?
Sillyfunnana found a really awesome place for those who want to get back to basics and learn to sew. Introducing – SEW CRAFTY STUDIO, Chicago. This super colorful place is filled with fabulous fabrics, shiny new sewing machines, comfy chairs & tables and the nicest teachers you’ll ever meet! They instruct and explain everything you need to know about sewing in a super fun way. You actually leave with your own original made pants, skirts, tote bags and more. No rushing around, instead you have time to be individual and unique.
Getting back to basics can be so very rewarding. A time to slow down, to relax, to create and to feel really good about learning something that will be useful throughout your life. Try it some time.😊