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Re: [teacherartexchange] weaving with little ones


From: M. Austin (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Nov 17 2007 - 16:51:42 PST

I have always started weaving with 4th grade. Why 4th grade? Because years
ago we had a grant for a classroom set of wooden looms designated for 4th
grade. Silly me - that's the way it was, why change? Well, I have a 3rd
grade boy who last year I taught to finger weave. He loved it so much he
asked Santa for yarn (much to the dismay of his rancher father! *L*) 2nd
graders in our district go to the primary school, so now, as a 3rd grader,
this boy goes to the intermediate school and the minute he saw those looms
he started asking me when he could weave. I got to thinking about why
weaving was a "4th grade" project, so the other day I looked at this little
guy and said "today". I am in awe! I taught him how to warp his loom, and
then the basic mantra that has always worked for me "bubbles, rainbow,
beater". I was absent from his class for 2 days and this boy had woven 6". I
have never had a student weave that much, that fast, AND he told me he
forgot the "bubbles" part & had to take out a few rows because it was making
his weaving move inwards. THIS is one of my "teacher moments" - the reason
that keeps me teaching. Next I am going to get a bunch of that fusible
webbing & iron it onto fabric scraps & let him create collage quilt blocks,
since he obviously is a fiber artist at heart (he made 4 hand puppets
earlier this year).
3-12 Kansas Art Teacher
HS Digital Communications
Technology Integration Specialist

> Ahhh weaving is tough to get but once they do, most love it. I have a
> colleague who has them write the letter a on every other strip (at the
> bottom of the warp strips) and the letter b on the others. This is with a
> paper loom made from an 9 x 12 sheet of construction paper where they cut
> up vertically to make their loom. Then they weave together-- pick up all
> the strips and run the strip through them- now lets pick up all the b
> strips and run the strip through. She says they get it better that way. It
> I have small enough classes I usually move around and help them and rely
> on class helpers. When one gets it I pronounce them a master weaver and
> let them help others. I also start with kdg and let them weave long web
> pieces (bought it at Walmart- used to fix lawn chairs? melted the edges so
> they wouldn't ravel and give them about 3 foot strips) They weave them
> through the chainlink fence around their playground. That seems to give
> them the in out idea.

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