Today was Parent Teacher Conferences in the morning so the SP Design Lab was open for teachers to come and play between conferences.
Today we used the Osmos to draw, raced MeeperBots, and designed letters.
A few weeks ago I saw thei-loom at a toy store and wanted to try it out. I ordered it from Amazon for $25.
Butterscotch, my fawn colored English Angora bunny, was a part of our classroom for two years. She was a life saver for both me and my students. There were many days when a student would sit in our comfy chair holding her tight while reading. There were days when the world became too much for any of us and her soft calmness helped everyone to remember what is important - love.
Sometimes I think in our quest for children to be proficient in reading and math, we forget..... we all need to find a passion that speaks to us. Our children are unique and each one is not created the same... lessons that little furry friends can help with (kindness, affection, love).
This time of the year always brings its challenges - mid year blues. And then a ray of sunshine walks through the door and shows you why we do what we do. After more than 3 weeks of persistence, a beautiful scarf has been created. The pride in such a piece of hard work is evident. Thank you to Julia Miller and Mark Huttner for making this a possibility for our students.
This week was the first official week of fiber arts in the SP Design Lab. Our crochet group is meeting every Tuesday for a limited number of students but all of our students have access in the SP Design Lab to learn how to weave. There are two rigid heddle looms that have been warped for students to learn and create a community scarf that we will donate when completed.
The SP Design Lab is alive with many different choices for our students to try. Check out the video below to see and hear a little of what is happening this month.
January is the month of fiber in our SP Design Lab. In December we received 20 crochet kits from The Yarn Council and Jo-Ann Fabric. Thanks to two wonderful volunteers, Julia Miller and Mark Huttner (Johnny Skein) 14 of our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders started to learn how to crochet. For the next three weeks students will come every Tuesday and learn how to crochet.
Joann Fabrics and the Craft Yarn Council have provided our school with 20 crochet kits for our students to learn the magic of fiber arts. The month of January the SP Design Lab will be focusing on yarn and fiber arts like crocheting and weaving for those students who would like to learn.
We are currently looking for adults who crochet who would love to share their love of creation with our students. Please contact Karie Huttner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-845-4245 if you would be willing to work with our students on Tuesday or Thursday from 10:45-12:15 in our SP Design Lab.