RE: [art_education] weaving with little kids
I find that if we start out weaving with the mats open at the bottom just using black and white for two or three tries, they do a much better job with the closed ones. I also teach patterning for a couple of weeks prior to starting weaving. I am a preK classroom teacher though, so I have a little more time. I can work on it for several days in a row.
Maude in VA
When I taught those grade levels (regular classroom teacher), we
put in some time trying to do weaving. Whooo boy! They can go
over and under, but not over and under in a precise pattern.
So think of it as abstract weaving!
Also, I think I have more luck when they did some other weaving
before trying paper. We wove surveyor's tape on a chain link
fence and they seemed to do better with the bigger canvas.
Just enjoy the results of this age... weaving with young children
has some developmentally appropriate results that aren't quite
what we expect to see, but still wonderful. Right??
On Mar 3, 2011, at 9:06 AM, L. P. Skeen wrote:
So I decided that teaching paper weaving to K-1 would be just an EXCELLENT
idea. <sigh> I am EXHAUSTED from trying to wrestle the little monkeys into
making over/under patterns. We had whole-class instruction and discussion
of patterns, how over/under is an a/b pattern, how over is the opposite of
under, over means on top, under means on the bottom, what does "opposite"
mean, (The Foot Book - Seuss), etc. I say, "If you are making a
checkerboard, you've got it right; if you are making STRIPES you have
missed a step or two." What do I get? Stripes all over the place. Out of
24 kids, I think maybe 4 got checkerboards in K; out of 22 in first grade,
maybe two got checkerboards. <SIGH>
For the kinders, I'm using fun foam sheets cut to 6x9" and with the warp
already pre-cut for them - all they have to do is weave in the paper
strips. For first grade, I pre-cut 9x12" paper into looms with 1" warp
strips. Silly me, I was afraid they'd get done too quickly and I'd have to
come up with drawing paper, LOL. No, we're having this project next time,
I've been doing paper weaving as my TAB demo all week, 2-5 and it's been
very popular. I took pix of each step and made laminated instruction sheets
with pix AND words, so they could work independently. First day had some
AWESOME peer-teaching going on - wish I had taken pix, but I Missed it. :(
L. P. Skeen, Summerfield NC, USA