Thursday, 7 November 2013

Planting Peace

This week, we worked with the theme of peace and helping others. We read some beautiful stories, such as Jeff Brumbeau's The Quiltmaker's Journey (Illustrated by Gail de Marcken). 

This is a story of a young girl and how she finds happiness and strength by giving. The girl sets of to the woods, at first unsure of how she would find her purpose, but soon discovers she can keep others warm by making quilts. It is a beautiful story about giving, and more so, giving without expecting a reward or acknowledgement.


The book inspired us to start our own peace quilt this afternoon. It is so exciting how these unplanned projects unfold! We remembered we had a whole bunch of fabric from Caleb's mom, so we experimented with different techniques for colouring the fabric: markers and rubbing alcohol? (We thought this would make a tie-dye effect; no such luck, thankfully, as the rubbing alcohol was smelly.) Melted crayon? Crayon and an iron? Be sure to check back with us in a few days to see photos of our patches and our progress. I have a feeling we will be able to do some math with quilts, too!

Yesterday, we talked about the beauty and power of mandalas and how they can help us feel peaceful. Mandala is a Sanskrit word that is loosely translated to mean circle and completion. Mandalas have been helping us concentrate and feel more relaxed. Before we created our mandalas, we  took a moment and thought about the things we are grateful for, what peace is, and how we can spread peace. Our mandalas turned out simple or quite elaborate. Each mandala is a personal experession: aren't they beautiful?

holding hands around the mandalas
This week we also have some seeds sprouting in our windowsill! Below you will see that group one's pumpkin seed has sprouted. Sam also planted some beans last week that are doing quite well. No activity in Nic's Wild Cucumber experiment. Yet...

Tomorrow we will put the finishing Touches on our very first class book: Somewhere Today. I can't wait to share it with you!

Until Then,
Take good care of each other!