The United Nations' (UN) International Literacy Day annually falls on September 8 to raise people's awareness of literacy issues in the world and so we have decided to use EDUCATION as our theme this month.

 

SO WHAT’S THAT ALL ABOUT???

 

OF COURSE -  AS ALWAYS, IT’S ABOUT THEME SQUARES.....

How do you put education into a blanket??? How about alphabet squares???..... or number squares with counting dots?...... or squares with simple words?........ or squares with geometric shapes??? I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Remember - these are for little children, so they need not be elaborate... they just need to be fun and bright.

 

AND IT’S ALSO VERY MUCH ABOUT PLAIN JANES.....

As always, our greatest need is for plain jane squares to go with the embellished ones..... So, all you plain jane knitters, think about bright, crayon colours this month and please post your squares here - we want to see them! In so many of the photos, the brightest things in the creches are the blankets made from our squares.

 

BUT IT’S ALSO ABOUT SLIP-INS AND FUN STUFF .....

We’ve all seen, in the distribution photos, some creches where a huge effort is being made to give the children a head start before they go off to ‘real school’.... and we’ve seen others, which are so short of supplies that they seem like somewhat dismal places. You can see in this photo what a difference receiving these little extras makes to the care-givers.

 

This is a great month to consider adding slip-ins of much needed supplies, so if you find some, post a photo in the discussion.

For those of you who want a change from making squares, you might consider making picture books like these from Helen Flagg’s group.

For inspiration, you might want to check out Andrea Palmatier’s wonderful downloadable set of flashcards here

 

AND IT’S ABOUT OUR BREAKING NEWS .........We have a new addition in the Shop this month. For a just $5.00, you can provide a ream of paper (500 sheets) or a set of exercise books for a creche in need.

If you are able, please consider making a donation here. This is an inexpensive way of providing much-needed paper for the children, and since it is so heavy to mail, you will save the postage costs.

Since this item appeared in the Shop a couple of weeks ago, 40 Reams of Paper have been purchased by our members. Hopefully, since our focus is on Education this month, the total will have risen by the end of September. Watch for an update!

A creche with 25 children will use up a ream in a month - even if they only get one sheet per day.

 

Our wonderful Laurie Fortier has already set up the Pinterest page for this challenge......  it's just waiting for your creations at

http://pinterest.com/forstew/knit-a-square-september-challenge-educ...

 

Thanks to Gitta our Education Photo Album is up and running at

http://forum.knit-a-square.com/photo/albums/september-2013-challeng...


NOTE - THIS CHALLENGE WILL RUN THROUGH TO OCTOBER 6

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Sept 2013 Coin

Dollar Store creche decorations - a lot of bang for a buck

Here are some dollar store finds, for our September theme:

September Challenge -dollar store finds

September Challenge - dollar store goodies

I found a few little things to slip in ... letters, numbers, and some animals.

Some new squares ... I left the tips of the fingers unattached, so they can be used for counting, but in the photo it looks sort of scary to see them reaching up trying to grab you.  Also left the toes unattached, but they don't look quite so sinister.

Time for school, Bear! 

Adding 2 delightful squares from Elaine Game:

3 wise monkeys

ThreeWise Monkeys....

4 happy lions

Four happy lions

Some counting dots

I sure hope they have yellow school buses in South Africa, or the children will wonder what this square is supposed to be.  Anyway, it has little finger puppets that can go in and out of the pocket.

Two more squares on my "country colours" theme - the crochet square reflecting Uganda  and the design of the flag for Trinidad & Tobago so apt  for a diagonal square.   Plus another "count the p/ink stripes" challenge. 

 

 

 

 

Adding numerals 5 and 6. A dull day so the photo isn't very bright !

Another tag team square...  We <3 KAS kids!!

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