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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Straw Weaving has taken over Y. E. S. like a storm...

Straw Weaving SLIDE Show of 3rd and 4th Grade Weavers:
As we wind our way through the three and half weeks before vacation straw weaving has hit epidemic proportions. Third and fourth graders have now mastered weaving with two straws and are branching out, some to 4, 5, 6, 9 and even 10 straws. I know that many kids are making bracelets, belts and scarves for family and friends and I am struck at the power of being a maker  and a giver and the satisfaction it is bringing to so many kids.  

For the past three weeks I have had an open studio for lunch recess on Fridays for 3rd and 4th graders and its been filled with kids engaging and extending their work.Our passwords for this lesson included such technical words as warp ( the threads that become a tassel and that we weave over and under) , weft ( the yarns we weave with) and PATIENCE,  PRACTICE and PERSISTENCE ( or PERSEVERANCE). ... We discussed how at first even making the two straw loom was hard but kids were patient and trusted they could do it and they did.
 As one child said to me today, " We are going to be sad after vacation when you teach us another lesson and we can't weave any more".... it got me thinking that maybe I should keep a weaving corner open for the rest of the year... we shall see... for now... here is a short slide show of some of our weavers in action... some are from class time, some are from indoor recess.  

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