“I’m using my eagle eyes, but I still don’t know what it is!”

In preparation for looms to be added to the art area on the Pre-K playground, we started practicing with them in the Studio!

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Friends made predictions about what they thought a loom was…

Cathy: A tiger, because it has black stripes.

Mae: Is it a musical instrument that doesn’t make a song?

Miguel: If you pull on one string and it hits another string it might make a sound.  Is it a string xylophone?

Adrian: Is it called scaffolding?

William: A net to catch tigers.

Eli: A spiderweb.

Luke: I remember from last year we used it, is it called a baloom?

Greyson: I’m using my eagle eyes, but I still don’t know what it is!

Nneka: I heard about weaving in Africa!

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And what it could be used for…

Mae: I want to know, can we weave underwear?

Ra’Maya: Can we weave pajamas?

Iris: Could you make it into a coaster?

Miguel: Could I make a little shirt for my little sister?

Destynee: Blankets for the doll baby.

Before friends began weaving on the classroom loom, children used small paper looms to learn the technique.  Friends used skinny strips of paper and wove them over and under the slits in the paper loom, which created a pattern.

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Justin: Over, between, over, between.

Naomi: It’s like a spiders web that’s so colorful.

Autumn: It’s like you go over the hill.

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After practicing on paper looms, friends began weaving on the classroom loom!

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We can’t wait to start weaving on the playground next week!

“Is it a harp?”

Today was the first day that friends were able to work on the new classroom loom!  We began by looking at the loom and making guesses about what we thought the new object in the Studio was.

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 Cole: Is it a harp?

Abdoulaye: It looks like a guitar!

Leah: A fan?

Paris: It feels like a carpet.  Or a blanket.

Next, children practiced weaving on paper looms to get their fingers warmed up… over, under, over, under!  Many friends made patterns on their paper loom and some noticed that they started to look like checker boards.

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 Once children had finished practicing on the paper looms, they worked individually on the classroom loom.  Friends enjoyed selecting colors of yarn and showing their peers what they created.  Throughout November, all children in Pre-K will have a chance to use the loom as it’s now going to be a regular center in the Studio!

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Jaslene weaving her magenta yarn through the loom!

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Betsabe practicing her new weaving skills!

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Emmanuel and Samantha working together at the loom.