Kindergartners had Edison and his Mom Jessica as our special guest teachers for Math class this morning! Edison desired to share with his class his newly acquired skill of making "friendship bracelets."
First, Ks were allowed to select three colors of embroidery string from a vast array of hues. We then used a "non-standard measurement" of our arm's length to determine how long the floss needed to be.
Next, Kindergartners were able to apply their knowledge of "line of symmetry" (our other Math lesson this week) to evenly fold and knot the string in two places. Then came the tricky part.
Patience (the whole class did a remarkable job at this, by the way) was the next order of business.
We either opted to tape the string to the table top or loop it over one of our toes-really tricky business. Each waited in turn as the "under, over, through" weaving technique that applied a version of "ABC patterning" was modeled by both Edison and Mom simultaneously.
(Their teacher was absolutely no help. I just didn't get it.) Some of the kids, however, chose to do a simple braid approach with pretty good results.
Perseverance, however, was displayed all around and we vowed to return to the weaving task later on or at another time. The experience was challenging but fun and what a good friend we have in Edison (and Mom) for sharing this idea with us!