Self portraits have been hanging on the walls for weeks, but these projects sat on the shelf temporarily to make room for all of the other whirlwinds of January and February. Last week we were able to get the supplies back out and continue this study. If your child hasn’t made one yet- they are on our list! Here are a few more newly sewn – selves:
“My eyes are kinda green, kinda brown”
“My hair is long here and short over on this side. My lips are really red.”
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After an overwhelming spark of interest in sewing before our break, we have been storming with ideas to bring more of this practice into the classroom. Of course the children are excited to sew- it is a practical life skill that feels useful and empowering. Especially at this green age when it often feels to them that they have little to offer in helping society, practical skills like sewing can be a big boost to their confidence. After all- knowledge is power!
As an Early Childhood facilitator, I get very excited about the children’s interest in sewing. This practice is not only useful, it is also nourishing to a growing brain and body. Sewing requires a lot of concentration, and can be a wonderful mindfulness practice. Crafting, especially knitting or sewing, has found to be a great form of mediation. The rhythmic over and under, over and under… can really get you in the flow and bring a sense of relaxation.
Sewing builds hand-eye coordination and fine motor control. The needle is so thin, and the target is often so small. The child must use their best 3-finger grasp, developing similar focus and coordination essential in manipulating a writing utensil. Continue reading
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Today Alisha told a story of magic and happiness at circle time. It’s a story that’s been told many times in many ways of a snow child. In this version, two women who had always wanted a baby of their own were getting old and decided to build a child out of snow. The dressed it up and kissed it and went to bed. During the night the snow person turned into a real child. Alisha told the children around the circle to close their eyes. All of the children shut their eyes tight and when they opened them, saw the little snow person had been replaced by a doll and was now a real little girl named ‘Frost’. They gasped and giggled and allowed the magic of the story to unfold in front of them.
I watched from behind the circle as the children played pretend along with Alisha. They knew that Alisha was making the switch when their eyes were closed, but they wanted to be a part of it. The children wanted the story to be magical. This made me think about pretend play and the idea of reality being separate from imagination.
When a child takes a bite from a cake that its actually made of sand and their mouth is actually 3 inches away- they are aware that they are not really eating a cake and it’s not really their birthday. Yet the children want to imagine it and get upset if someone takes their cake out of the oven prematurely. When a child is making “choo-choo” noises while they are moving a train, they know that the train is not really making that sound. Yet the children want to imagine that it is real. Continue reading