Last year, we did a lot of sewing in the morning and afternoon class. One child, Zoe, even brought in a pair of pants from home that had a torn seam and mended them in class. When I put out the large pillows and brought the sewing box to the center of the comfortable circle, it wasn't too hard to set the older children up to do a little needlework. They were so happy to pull thread and I was amazed how much they remembered from last year's lessons.
I used plastic sewing circles, hearts and assorted shapes for the children to make magnets. They stitch the front and stick the magnet on the back. They can easily complete 1 or 2 during a three hour work period. One of the older boys, Dylan, felt so comfortable sewing that he simply laid down on his side and continued.
While the sewing was going on, Jack, on the other side of the room (with a few "assistants" ), was finishing his "excavation" project. After studying plate tonics, equators, fault lines and such, I brought in a kit that had artifacts buried in a clay type mold. He and others have been taking turns digging away to uncover the objects hidden within. It was a great way to reinforce that the earth hold's artifacts of previous times. I thought about bringing in one that had dinosaurs in it but felt that the focus would be less on discovery and more on dinosaurs.
We have also been playing the memory game a lot. The children have really enjoyed the game.
Zoe finished her portraits of the other students, teachers and head of school. She told Patti that when she begins a portrait she thinks of a potato and draws that for the head. It was an amazing, self-initiated work which is presently being made into a book by her mother. She is making one for Zoe and one for the classroom. I can't wait to see it.
Another student enjoyed viewing a series of slides taken in Mexico around 1985. I bought the slides and the viewer from the thrift for a total sum of $1.50. The slides were in a little bag with a sticker on it that read, "Good slides. Great for a teacher." The label was right. The children love to look through the viewer and see the pictures.
Last, but certainly not least, one of the children's grandmother's made ten aprons for our class. I am so grateful. What a lovely gift. Here is a photo of one of them.
All and all, Friday was a good day.