Somewhere between snow days, breaks and PD days students have been working on clay and beginning weaving projects.
I have neglected to do weaving projects the last couple of years... Why exactly I don't know. I love to weave. Perhaps the overwhelming idea of all those looms, string tangled catastrophes - I wasn't sure weaving would hold their attention. So far I have been way wrong.
We just started weaving and I am having my older students make their own paper looms that we will later design our own weaving on paper then weave on our loom. I had some weaving pattern sheets printed so that when some kids were done with their loom the could practice different weaving techniques. I gave them no instruction on how to read the patterns, but rather told them to do their best and to try it out. I did it this way for two reasons: 1) I didn't have time to help kids make their looms AND teach them to weave all on one class. 2) I wanted to gauge their weaving abilities. Turns out kids "get" weaving - at least the basics.