Second graders have been hard at work creating painted paper "looms" to weave solid paper strips into place mats in time for Mother's Day. This was a three week lesson that incorporated crayon resist, tempera painting, pattern making, cutting skills, 3-D thinking as we figured out how to weave papers over and under and make our weavings strong.
Paper weaving is a lesson taught earlier in Rowe school and one I revisit with a 'twist' and a challenge. More than one child told me they had trouble doing it in first grade but now they " got it". We discussed how we need to have positive thoughts, patience, practice and perseverance, traits that keep coming into our discussion this year. They also know that a strong foundation in paper weaving will help them next year when we create straw weavings ( belts, bracelets, and scarves).
Below is a slide show of some of the weavings and a cross-section of students at work from various classes. Enjoy.'