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Reflections Magazine : Reflections Issue 57 Summer 2014
17 REFLECTIONS • GOWRIE AUSTRALIA • SUMMER 2014 - ISSUE 57 artist, Ilka White. Ilka works professionally creating items on looms and also teaches weaving classes to beginners. After some email exchanges with Ilka, one educator began taking classes as a first step to implementing the project in her room, and ultimately across the service. Meanwhile, the children continued to explore various forms of informal weaving techniques including outdoor weaving, weaving on trees, paper weaving and weaving string around cardboard pieces. All of these experiences supported learning and development in hand eye co-ordination and fine motor skills and facilitated creativity, imagination and problem solving. In addition, Ilka came out to our service for a weaving session and demonstrated to the children how to use a loom correctly and how to weave using arms as the warp and the weft in a giant webbing piece - thus 'intertwining' other learning outcomes, such as spatial awareness and gross motor abilities, into this context. Following on from this experience we then had two excursions within our local community to the Hand Weavers and Spinners Guild in Carlton North. The Guild members were more than happy to have "the next generation of weavers" visit and we were met by many of the volunteers who shared their passion and expertise with us. On our second visit to the Guild we successfully purchased our knitters' loom for the program. These excursions and interactions demonstrated the importance of children participating collaboratively with wider communities in the local vicinity. As we now head towards the end of our year with the Telstra Funds Grant, and bearing in mind that the children's interests have developed and changed throughout the year, we felt that it was important to also develop a link across multiple learning areas. We are proud to announce that our first piece on the loom, which is currently in progress, recognises our nation's history and the first true inhabitants of our land, the Aboriginal community. In conversation with the children we are using red, black and yellow wool. Through listening to children's voices, setting high expectations and viewing children as competent and capable citizens who can actively take part in the community, children can indeed achieve anything they put their minds to. A huge thank you to all the families, educators, Telstra, Ilka, Hand Weavers and Spinners Guild and, most importantly, to the children, for their contribution to this project. An interest in space led to the creation of a shooting star using chicken wire and ribbon
Issue 56 Spring 2014
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