Today's question I want to answer, “Do I need a sewing curriculum for teaching classes?”
My simple answer to this is “yes”. I think that if you're just starting out as a sewing teacher, maybe you have a little bit of sewing experience, maybe you have a lot, but if you don't actually have teaching experience, then I think having some sort of guide that you can follow will really, really help with your classes running smoothly.
You can get a teacher curriculum or a sewing curriculum that have already been tested. And if that's the case, then it takes a lot of work off of you. You have a lot of other things that you need to do.
You need to set up your sewing studio. You need to be the best sewing teacher you can. You need to make sure that your students are getting through the projects and that they're happy and that the parents are happy.
Adding in creating your own curriculum, where you're doing it from scratch and making all your own patterns, can take a really long time. My first curriculum that I created was my Kids Sewing DVDs. There was 35 projects that the kids can finish and about a year.
That took me about nine months of creating it and testing it on my little students. So if you have that nine months to spend, then you can create your own curriculum. But if you start out with one, then you’ll be all set. You can show your students’ parents exactly what you are teaching and the projects they are making.
It can be all mapped out for you already. So you don't have to use that extra brain power and you can just dive right into teaching class and having fun with your students.
Then later, after you have that experience of getting students and teaching students, then you can spend that time creating a curriculum. After you've seen that each project takes a certain amount of time. For example, you know that a hair bow can be done in one class or 45 minutes. Then you can start to create your own sewing curriculum.
So, again my answer is yes to starting with a sewing curriculum to make your life a little bit simpler. There are a lot of different sewing curriculums out there so you can type in sewing curriculum and see what's available, but I also have my own sewing curriculums.
You can go to http://www.beasewingteacher.com/sewing-curriculums
I mostly teach children and teens, but I do have adult curriculums, as well. You can see what I have available. My curriculums are priced very affordably at around $10 per lesson and for the headaches that it can save you, I think it's well worth it.
So that’s it for this question!
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Hi, I'm Katrina Marie
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