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Our Homeschool Explorations class had a chance to practice square knots last Tuesday. The corn husk dolls we made required six knots.
Students always need lots of practice at home when learning to tie knots. Luckily fall is the season for knot tying. Tying shoes before school, tying string on gifts, tying the turkey's legs together, building shelters in the forest, making the last of the season's daisy chains, tying the harvest faire crown around one's head; all chances to practice knots in the autumn.
When I am teaching children to tie knots there are a few tricks that have been helpful. First, if it is comfortable for the child, sit behind them when showing a new knot. Using two different colored strings can be helpful. A story or a rhyme is essential. For square knots, I use the imagery of making a tee-pee and then a person running behind the tee-pee and going inside. I also use the words "right over left and then left over right" as I teach the steps to the knot.
Enrichment Students have spent the last few weeks learning about how wool becomes yarn. We've heard stories about sheep (oh, if only I could get a real sheep in our storage closet!). We washed and combed raw wool. We dyed wool inside a pumpkin with berries. In these photos we are carding wool and getting it ready for our older classmates to spin it into yarn.
Tomorrow we will make some wet felted balls with the wool we have processed this year and some special rainbow wool. We'll use two wet felted balls in our next project which is making our own knitting needles.
From washing raw wool to making yarn to knitting. What an experience!
White Sheep, White Sheep on a blue hill,
When the wind stops you all stand still.
When the wind blows you walk away slow.
White Sheep, White Sheep where do you go?
Baa Baa Black Sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes, sir. Yes, sir. Three bags full.
One for my master and one for my dame.
And one for the little boy who lives down the lane.
Mrs. Barbara Albert