This week Grade 3/4 showed their previous learning about Kimono design. Students focused on core competency skills such as working in a group, problem solving, peer encouragement and celebrating our learning. We searched for inspiration from images of clothing designed from newspaper and other recycled materials.
Students were able to complete the lesson and the activity, including clean up and book circulation during a 40 minute prep.
Students have been learning about the artistry of Japanese fans. We explored seasonal fan designs and enjoyed a Maple Fan Dance video from Kyoto.
Using fall colours, with inspiration from Ehlert, some classes designed fans with wooden handles using crayons, cut out leaves or by painting maple leaves collected from outside.
To celebrate the work of their peers, Grade 4 and 5 students created stop motion videos using keys from discarded laptops or used Lego to design display stands for the fans.
Students had to work co-operatively, share the materials as well as show respect for the work of their peers.
Students in the Learning Commons have been trying their hand at using chopsticks as part of our Japan unit. We learned about what a Japanese person might have for breakfast and talked about healthy eating habits. Students examined various items and predicted which might be the easiest and the trickiest to pick up.
Some classes built a chart and others discussed their findings. Each station had a pom-poms bowl for students who needed a little more practice.
In traditional Japanese aesthetics, the concept of Wabi-sabi centers on the acceptance and celebration of transience, mindfulness and imperfection.
We have begun to use the concept of Wabi Sabi in the Learning Commons to help influence our thinking around Maker Ed. Whilst some maker projects appear more permanent than others, students are encouraged to remember that their temporary maker creations are all the more valuable because they are to be enjoyed and appreciated for a short time. We celebrated our Indian Banga / Japanese Kimono creations as we made them but remembered wabi-sabi as we broke them apart. What remains is the learning.
Wabi-sabi also encourages students to be mindful, to notice details, to focus on the materials and to think carefully and critically as they work. To find beauty in unexpected places. The celebration of imperfection may encourage students to take risks, challenge themselves and try new ideas. Mark Reibstein’s book Wabi Sabi is a great read aloud for this concept.
We look forward to seeing how this idea pans out as the year progresses.
Students explored traditions behind the placements and meaning of Japanese Torii. Two classes designed and built a Torii and a third class created digital images using the lego structures and green screen.
In the Learning Commons we began our Japanese theme with an exploration of the Tanabata Festival . We shared a short video which shows the joy in the celebrations. Students thought about some of their personal goals and created their own Star Festival streamers. We hung them on our ‘bamboo’ tree.
‘My Goal this year is to be on time for school’.