Your handwork students (First through Seventh) will be partaking of the fibery-goodness happening in our library this week. We have invited several artists-in-residence to use our space as a workshop this week. Our parent community has been invited to knitting classes taught by Mrs. Albert during main lesson time. Miss Patton is bringing her comfy floor cushions for use during the week. We'll have plenty of experiential learning since we'll have looms and drop spindles available for students to try.
YOU ARE WELCOME TO COME PLAY WITH US TOO!
1. You and your students are invited to read or work quietly in the library during the week next to our artisans at work. A daily schedule will be posted on our front resource table so you can see what is happening during the day.
2. A selection of fiber related books for both lower and upper grades is on the top library shelf. If you need a book for story time these would be good choices during the week. Just borrow and return for another class to use.
3. I think Mrs. Docherty will be teaching some spinning songs during the month. I'm sure you 'll get to hear them in class.
4. You can amaze your students with your depth of sheep knowledge by reading these sheep facts: http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/Sheep%20_Facts.htm
5. Here is a link to spinning terms that might make good vocabulary or spelling words http://kws.atlantia.sca.org/terms.html
6. See how the history of wool intersects with your current block. Starts out with this terrific quote " Astronauts wear wool for comfort in the confines of their spacecraft. Wool protects mountain climbers and polar scientists, the sailors who navigate single-handed the oceans of the world and men 'who strike oil in Alaska. It is a fibre fit for heroes-and for more ordinary folk. As modern as moonflight, and as ancient as the hills."
7. Watch my favorite Renate Hiller video on spinning and handwork to see why I think this is an important traditional skill for our children to experience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfoByYLSBY8
8. Bring in your own project and spend part of a planning period creating.
Mrs. Barbara Albert