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Lesson Plans


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Diane L. (mselle)
Thu, 19 Feb 1998 19:20:56 -0500

Gina: Found a nice reference for weaving ideas. "Wall Hangings,
Designing with Fabric & Thread" by Sara R. Rainez, 1971, Davis
Publications, Mass. It's probably out of print, but you might find a copy
in a library, as I did. Also by Rainez: "Weaving without a Loom". I
haven't read that one yet. My experience is that there were a many great
art/craft books published in the 70's, reflecting that era's interest in
exploring the natural world. Their motivational concepts are timeless,
since they have to do with putting the child and even adult, in touch with
nature's rhythms, patterns etc. I find contemporay works a bit to flashy,
perhaps you can suggest some with soul as well as color. In any event, I
tried my first weaving project with my kindergarten class. We made place
mats using precut primary color strips. We also made a pastel drawing of
a dinner plate loaded with food and goodies. The two items went back to
back and into the lamenator. ( once in a while I splurge. Since they are
to be used as placemats I felt justified.) We did simple over and under
weaving. Two students caught on right away, I deputized them and they
assisted with the other eight. By the end of the period the whole class
was able to weave. As a first year teacher I would appreciate any tips.
This is also my first attempt at E-mail. Thank goodness for Getty!
Sincerely, Diane L.