Yesterday, Linda Baie shared what the origin of her weaving was. I commented and it brought back memories .
“I remember one year I did small cardboard looms for our pioneer unit and one group of 5 boys took off with it. At the end of the year they presented me with a fairly large woven piece, made from many squares that a mom had sewn together. All their initials were in the piece. I still have it and treasure it.”
It made me think about those special memories we treasure from our teaching days. (And it is not what curriculum I taught or even how well students did!)
Here are a few highlights I remember:
*Reading aloud and knowing everyone was so involved in the story, begging for just one more chapter. I felt that I had them in the palm of my hand. “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane”, “Stone Fox”, “Because of Winn Dixie” were just a few of their favourite books.
*Writing and illustrating books with students for different competitions
*Holding a “White Elephant Sale” – the children planned, set up and ran the sale to raise money for a local shelter.
*Building robots and writing and performing stories about them.
*Creating masks for our native unit
*creating Eric Carle papers and then collage animals with the papers.
*Creating dances based on “Stomp”
I could go one – so many of the memories revolve around art, reading, music and drama. Even though I had to “prepare the kids” for the Gr. 3 assessment, to me, what was important, was to ensure kids had exposure to all of the arts. There is so much to be learned from creating – whether it is a poem, a song, art or dance. Kids ned to be able to express themselves and find where their strengths lie. We all need the arts in our lives somehow.