Monday, November 10, 2008

New Work !!!

Growing up in an Italian and Irish family my life and relationships often centered around food. My passion for food certainly overflows into the classroom. I enjoy sharing the skills of preparing food, the joy of tasting food, and the great feeling of sharing food with friends. Our food preparation works in the classroom allow children to gain the independence of preparing thier own snacks and feel the pride of sharing thier success with friends not to mention strenghtening thier fine motor skills, math, language, science, and cultural knowledge as well.

Toast making work in our food preparation area has been quite a hit. We went through two loaves of bread in the first morning! Children toast and butter a slice of whole wheat bread for a delicious snack. Since we don't have an oven at the school, I'm on the lookout for a bread making machine so we can start baking our own bread. We also have orange juice squeezing and banana slicing work in this area as well. We moved from sewing pumpkin and bat pillows to sewing puppets. After stiching the felt puppet the children can use scraps of fabric and yarn to decorate thier work.

Button sewing is another sewing activity also available on our shelves right now. This is a little more challenging than the puppet sewing work. Children must use a needle and yarn to stich a button onto fabric without prepunched holes. This activity also introduces an embroidery hoop as a useful tool in sewing.

In our geography, cultural studies, and science area we are studying North America. In our study we have been reading many books on Native Americans and learning about thier customs and traditions. One of the new works we have in this area is making a dream catcher. This combines the sewing and beading skills we have been practicing in a new, creative way which celebrates the cultural history of the some native american tribes. Our dream catchers are made from leftover paper plates, hemp thread, natural beads, shells, and feathers.

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