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I let the kids brainstorm in group of 5 on big paper the first meeting about
what they'd like to do- trips, projects, serving charities and the
community, fundraisers, etc. Kids present projects by themselves or in
small groups to the rest of the group. So far, we've done origami, jewelry
(hemp bracelets and friendship beads), and jack-o-lantern candle votives.
We have planned a Japanese Animation workshop where the kids will make a
comic book. A parent is coming in to help with an ornament making workshop
where we make at least 5-6 ornaments in different styles.
The kids (and me) like art club because they get to do some of the crafty
projects that I would never teach in class. I also get to do some expensive
lessons that I wouldn't be able to do with a regular class.
Michelle H. Harrell
North Garner Middle School
Garner, North Carolina
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