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Lesson Plans


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Mon, 16 Feb 1998 17:25:49 -0500 (EST)

Gina, My K-5 students do a lot of fiber arts. In kindergarten (late in the
year) I introduce simple paper plate looms cut in a star pattern; they weave
around it. First graders often do paper weaving - first they paint 2 pieces
of paper, one with warm colors, the other cool - watercolors work best. Then
I cut up one of their papers into strips, and the other for the "loom" (it
can be a problem if they cut them). After weaving, children can paint designs
on top of the weaving; they are gorgeous left alone, too! My second graders
start with cardboard looms, and really love this. I have made 5-sided looms
for circular weaving with 3-5 grades using sticks. It's a little tricky, but
I can describe this further, if you are interested. I also start sewing with
first graders, using tapestry needles and burlap. Lots of my older students
love to sew, and often choose that or weaving for their activities. The most
important thing I have found is to be prepared - have yarn pre-rolled,
needles pre-threaded for young children, and to remain in the same location!
That way, children having trouble can find me easily, and aren't following
me all over the room. Weaving can be frustrating for some, so I try to make
it a positive experience. I always marvel at certain children who find
tremendous success in fiber arts, but often have difficulty elsewhere in
visual arts. This becomes their area to shine!

Diane Jaquith
Burr School
Newton, MA