Hair for the Human Guardian
Last week, as we were designing the head for the human guardian, Bea mentioned that she thought the head needed braids. Several children had previously pointed out that the head needed hair. So this week we are weaving ribbons into braids for the guardian. We started by thinking what types of people have braids and what the different types of braids look like. As we braided, we focused on fine motor skills, pattern recognition, and sequential directions.
Right: Materials for braiding and decoration. Left: One possible braid design
Putting it All Together
Once we had our braids, it was time to attach them to the heads. The children were very excited if a little intimidated at the idea of attaching the vibrant braids they made the day prior. It seems overwhelming at first but Remy, Bea, Luke and Jade were ready to try. Each person took turns sewing braids into the head by pushing a small amount of "poof" together and sewing through that thin space.
I can sew this! I have a sewing kit at home from Santa! - Remy
Thoughtfulness and empathy have been felt throughout the project:
Luke: I didn't make one but I want to sew one one.
Jade: I want to help.
Jordan. That's very kind of you. This is not your project, though. Why do you want to help us?
Jade: I think I want to help you cuz I want to help my friends.
Jordan. Wonderful. Bea, how does it make your feel that your friends see your work and want to help you?
Bea: It makes me feel happy
Finlay - "First, we were picking our symbols. Second, we put them on with the glue gun, so it would be secure. And it looks like it has armor on it."
KW has experience in a number of materials and adhesives. One we know particularly well is the hot glue gun. We also know to be safe with it. Wilder and Capers remind of our safety measures.
Wilder - Some of us wanted gloves (while using the hot glue gun) and some of us didn’t. We were holding the parts that were not hot. The green and the white parts were not hot. And we squirted the glue.
Cape - The silver part is hot.
Reflecting on the importance of our own symbols:
Jill - Do you remember choosing your symbols in Brown Room?
Lucas - I chose my symbol because it was my favorite color.
Frannie - I picked the bear because bears roar like dinosaurs.
Bea - I chose my symbol because it was my favorite animal. A spider.
Finlay - I chose my symbol because it can go in the water and I like the water.
Cate - I picked a wolf because a wolf is like a doggy, and I like doggies.
Messages for New Students
Part of our work this week is to make messages for incoming students next fall. Now that we know the names of the children, KW started making messages to welcome them. Our friends with siblings were particularly excited to write messages for their younger brothers and sisters.
A Castle for Unicorns
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