Pretty cool opportunity to mix fly tying with education
I had a turkey call making buddy, Steve Finney, (from the state of Indiana) shoot me a mesage and told me he was doing a reading lesson with his 4th grade students that had something along the lines of a little girl fly fishing with her grandfather. He told me he was going to show them some of my fly pictures.
I was honored by that, but I told Steve I wanted to send each kid a fly so they would really get to see what they look like. If I can, I'm going to make a couple 1 page print outs showing the fly and the bug they represent for him ...as well.
Steve also told me that as an enrichment activity he had the kids draw up their own fly. I'm going to check some if these drawings out and see if I can make a couple into real flies for the kids. If this is a yearly lesson I really look forward to doing this every year.
I think it's awesome to mix a little outdoor stuff in with a lesson, and as always anything for kids. I imagine there are kids out there that don't have a clue about nature and stuff, and anymore with standardized testing, it seems a teachers hands are often tied on how much science and nature stuff they can teach.
I know where Steve lives there isn't a lot of trout fishing, but if 1 kid shows interest in learning more about fly fishing or flies or trout or bugs then it was worth it.
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