One of the activities that Caleb and his friends participated in was book making. Last week the focus was on binding book with hand sewing. Today we extended the experience by adding a wider variety of papers and using machine sewing to bind our books. It was the first time that Elena used the sewing machine in our group. Tegan and Lily chose to add to their existing books by using the machine to sew in new papers. One of today's sewing lessons was patience as we needed to replace a needle and thread a bobbin at one point! In the books, children used collage, printing, and drawing, and watercolors to fill in the pages. Will began making his book into an alphabet book, carefully painting one letter on each page. Other children included hearts, interesting people, rainbows, and bright color patterns on the pages. We can't wait to display some of these beautiful treasures in the hallway.
Tommy and Hugh spent most of their day with building materials. Throughout the afternoon, almost every other classmate stopped by to work with them. From the beginning, the children determined that the building was a hotel. Several features were added, including a leaning tower, a pathway, a telescope, and a parkour room! When construction was nearly completed, the group agreed that hotel should be called "The Awesome V Hotel."
As mentioned at the beginning of this entry, there were other experiences as well. Lily and Lou Lou rolled more paper beads. Lily incorporated a few of her paper beads in a big hand sewing project that she's working on. Will also stated hand sewing, using his favorite colors, blue and green. Lou Lou had the chance to glaze some clay she made last week. There was also time for a funny story, "Naughty Mabel."
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