Thursday, January 1, 2009
A Little Salt and A Piece of Lime - A Childhood Experience Becomes A Classroom Lesson
I have wanted to have copper polishing on the shelf for the past two years. I finally found all of the materials for two trays - one for grinding salt crystals and the other for the actual copper polishing. I was very happy with how everything looked as I was completing a material list my afternoon assistant Cristina gave me.
Cristina and her siblings spent their childhood summers at her grandmother's home in Colombia. One of her chores was polishing a large copper skillet. As she presented the initial lesson to the children (which seemed appropriate as the work came from her memory not mine and I needed to learn how to do it as much as the children did) she told them how she would use a piece of lime to "write" her name on the bottom of the skillet or leave a message for her brother. She would not polish around her little note so that it stood out and was easily seen by those it was left for. The children were captivated by her story and by her hands as she moved from grinding the salt to squeezing the lime.
I put the photos into a set for you to view at Flickr. Enjoy.
go to www.flickr.com/photos/themoveablealphabet
Hint: The children seem to really enjoy polishing pennies