Our amazing upper grades handwork teacher, Mrs. Albert went above and beyond (something she is very good at :) to offer our children an amazing opportunity. She set up a tent with many types of natural dyes, many from plants grown in our own garden. We were able to go out and work on some dying ourselves, We each had a small square of cotton cloth. We got to see a cotton plant and noticed that in the cloth one could see small flecks of brown matter, which we could tell was part of the plant! Each child found a small rock and was given a marigold, a bit of sunflower leaf and some amaranth. We had great fun pounding and pounding, sometimes so much that there were holes made in the cloth. The children were delighted as the colors from the plants showed up on the cloth. We took the finished squares and made them into a wonderful banner that is spanning around the garden and the bell tower. Everyone is very proud of their work.
See some photos below! Ms. Harris and I are still working on remembering to take time from our busy hardworking to take photos for our blog. We will keep trying :)