Tuesday, January 10, 2012
A new batch of Wampum Belts!
It's annual wampum belt time, and my 4th graders have been absolutely SAILING through this project. I posted last year with some specific instructions here.
This year we took a little time practicing knot tying before we began, and it definitely helped. Everyone has been weaving successfully this year; my only real challenges are the chronic absentees (parents, WHY do you need to take your kids on vacation just before or after a school vacation?) and my boy with CP. Last year I was challenged by how to get him through the papier-mache project. He's got very little use of his right hand, and is blind in one eye, and is all boy. He doesn't like to have special accommodations, but he is getting tangled on every row and I'm the only one who seems to be able to untangle him. His buddies are too busy on their own weavings to stop and help. I wish I could come up with a way to make it easier for him.
Here's some work-in-progress. The drawing on graph paper is the 1st step.
Everyone wants to tie them on their heads, but for some reason this is the only photo of the kids wearing them that isn't inserting sideways. The final photo is an extra belt made by my fastest worker. Most kids are finishing their first effort, but she already has 2 complete!