New Machines & Collaboration

 Week Highlight: Yellow class was honored to welcome Mrs. Cameron over the past two weeks to learn all about machine sewing. In Language Arts classes, they learned about the history of the sewing machine and then during this Creative Arts class, Mrs. Cameron taught them all about the parts of the machine, various stitches, how to cut fabric, basic patterns, and then they were able to actually sew. The final product of this class? Pillows and backpacks! Here, Mrs. Cameron closes up the final opening after students completed their final step. Thank you Mrs. Cameron for your time and diligence with us this week! 

Week Highlight: Yellow class was honored to welcome Mrs. Cameron over the past two weeks to learn all about machine sewing. In Language Arts classes, they learned about the history of the sewing machine and then during this Creative Arts class, Mrs. Cameron taught them all about the parts of the machine, various stitches, how to cut fabric, basic patterns, and then they were able to actually sew. The final product of this class? Pillows and backpacks! Here, Mrs. Cameron closes up the final opening after students completed their final step. Thank you Mrs. Cameron for your time and diligence with us this week! 

Hi Parents, 

It’s been an wonderfully full week but I wanted to take a minute to highlight one Monday/Thursday class and one Tuesday/Friday class from this two-week unit. Please know that you are always free to email or ask questions about other courses that happen throughout the week as well. 

Monday/Thursday Course Highlight: The Textile Machine

As you already read above, Yellow class enjoyed a wonderful two week unit on the sewing machine. The students were so enthusiastic about the process and couldn’t wait to accomplish a real project. The students did well to remember the parts of the sewing machine and I listened as they utilized some of the terms as they sewed their pillows and backpacks. Last week was spent learning the machine, choosing fabric, tracing patterns and cutting everything out. This week was spent pinning, sewing, stuffing, and enjoying the final product. Students developed in their ability to practice patience in the midst of being really excited to try something new. They were kind and considerate to one another and cheered each other on as they worked hard to accomplish their goal. To solidify the experience and help them put it into words, the students also had the opportunity to write interview questions and then interview each other (video coming soon) during their Language Arts class that followed this wonderful time of machine sewing. Read below as Mrs. Cameron also reflects on her experience in the classroom: 

"I am so thankful for the opportunity to work with Ms. Foster's class on sewing skills over the last two weeks. The students showed so much enthusiasm during every step of the process and caught on to the skills we taught quickly! This is such a great group of kids with an excitement for learning that is so beautiful to witness as a parent. I loved every moment and am so blessed by being able to work alongside Ms. Foster - she is so patient and talented in her role as a teacher!" -Mrs. Cannon Cameron

 Mrs. Cameron guides students through the initial phases of sewing their own pillows as everyone looks on to see what they will soon experience. 

Mrs. Cameron guides students through the initial phases of sewing their own pillows as everyone looks on to see what they will soon experience. 

 Testing out pillows upon completion! Dryer also got into he picture sporting his new backpack. 

Testing out pillows upon completion! Dryer also got into he picture sporting his new backpack. 

 Showing their final products with much excitement! 

Showing their final products with much excitement! 

Tuesday/Friday Course Highlight: Habitat Fixings

At the end of each Tuesday and Friday over the past two weeks, both Blue and Yellow class spent time tying together all they had learned about habitats and the animals that live in them. Students were divided into groups based on the habitats they had studied and given the opportunity to create the ultimate environment on a large piece of butcher paper. The goal was to incorporate the terrain, the plants, and the animals that they have studied in their Language Arts research class by working together and covering every inch of their posters with color (of course the “Team Arctic” needed an exception to that rule, but were challenged to add as much detail to their white and gray scene). The teams developed in both their art and teamwork abilities by using the elements of shape as their foundation for drawing and using effective and healthy communication skills for figuring out how to include every element needed. On Friday, the students had the most wonderful time working and laughing together with genuine joy and excitement to accomplish their goals. The posters turned out amazingly well and will be hanging in Mrs. Gowen’s room for the next few weeks so the students can enjoy each others and learn more about the various habitats.

 Students got to enjoy some outdoor habitat drawing on Tuesday when the weather was perfect and they needed lots of space to work and collaborate. "Team Desert" decided that the concrete gave their cactus and sand the perfect texture. 

Students got to enjoy some outdoor habitat drawing on Tuesday when the weather was perfect and they needed lots of space to work and collaborate. "Team Desert" decided that the concrete gave their cactus and sand the perfect texture. 

 "Team Arctic" ventured to the top of the playground to sit and work on their snowy and icy landscape filled with polar bears, narwhals, arctic foxes, snowy owls, and polar bears. Here, Reyah and Rowan collaborate on the placement of a particular element of their project. 

"Team Arctic" ventured to the top of the playground to sit and work on their snowy and icy landscape filled with polar bears, narwhals, arctic foxes, snowy owls, and polar bears. Here, Reyah and Rowan collaborate on the placement of a particular element of their project. 

 "Team Rainforest" finished their poster and were the first to hang it up for all to see. After hanging it on the wall, Madison stepped back to give the boys directions on how to make it straight. This team displayed strong teamwork and communication skills throughout the entire project! 

"Team Rainforest" finished their poster and were the first to hang it up for all to see. After hanging it on the wall, Madison stepped back to give the boys directions on how to make it straight. This team displayed strong teamwork and communication skills throughout the entire project!