When Mrs. Smoker, a third grade mother extraordinaire, found out that I was deep in the midst of a school-wide weaving unit, she generously donated a variety of looms to the Maury art studio. I spent the afternoon brushing up on my pot holder making skills with Mr. Rogers after school one day so that I would be prepared to teach my students the way of the weave or the law of the loom. Let’s just say, on this project, the music teacher’s skills far surpassed the crafty art teacher’s skills. Above is an example of my struggle. I did eventually finish the job but was humbled to feel how some of my students must feel when I thrust a new and challenging project upon them.
Speaking of challenging projects…I taught the third graders how to finger weave last week. I forgot how difficult it is to get going on a project like that but how fun it is one you get the hang of it. I was very impressed by our student’s dedication and commitment to learning the new skill. Fine motor skills are a must when manipulating the tough cloth and weaving it around your fingers, which served as our loom.