It’s officially The Week of the Young Child! We’re celebrating with one of our all-time favorite events, Room Weaving. Here’s a glimpse of a weave from many years ago. The spider belonged to the Lavery boys (now both attending Exeter High School) and helped to make this one of our most memorable weaves ever.
Over the course of the week, the children create a piece of installation art by weaving the room. Room weaving is a piece of soft sculpture that changes the classroom environment into a work of art. Walking into the installation feels like walking into a painting. Because the weave takes up such a big chunk of the room, the children spend most of the week weaving or decorating the weave. Room weaving provides a rich experience that works across the curriculum. The children use positional words (over, under, in, out, up, down), they follow directions (first you loop the ball of yarn around a chair, next you throw it over the rope), they weave cooperatively with a partner, and they sharpen hand/eye coordination and gross motor skills as they toss and catch balls of yarn.
Don’t forget to send in a ball of yarn for your child to contribute to the weave. Your little one is going to have a blast creating this fabulous, one-of-a-kind piece of installation art. Feel free to park your car at pick-up time on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and stop in to enjoy the installation. I know your children will be eager to share it with you. Don’t forget your camera!