Yesterday, we started a patterned weaving on the large loom. Jack laid out an alternating pattern of blue and green fabric. He, Rowan, and Sam wove the first few rows—carefully weaving over and under the vertical strings. Today, Rowan, Lou Lou, and Louise decided to add new colors and adjust the pattern accordingly. After some trial and error, they discovered that if one person stood on each side of the loom, they could both help each other by passing the fabric back and forth, and together they could better keep track of the alternating over-under technique.
Repeating their green-blue-sparkle-orange sequence was trickier and despite several attempts, they weren’t able to do it before snack time. Most of the children recognize and create alternating patterns like green-blue-green- blue—known as an A-B pattern. More complex patterns (e.g., A-B-B, A-B-C, A-B-C-D) take time and practice to master.
Shortly after Lou Lou and Rowan decided to take a break, another group of children came to weave and discovered that there was not enough orange ribbon to continue. This was a problem. After some discussion, they decided to adjust the pattern by removing the orange ribbon and shifting the remaining rows. Carefully following the new sequence, Austin, Leigh, and Sam were able to weave a new sparkle-blue-green (A-B-C) pattern. It was an excellent example of collaboration and problem-solving, and it showed us that the children are working toward a fuller understanding of these complex concepts.
by Lisa & Rachael
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