I’ve just noticed that I am more apt to blog about a project before I do it with kids when I am very nervous about how it will turn out.
I was very nervous about most of the projects that I wrote about in my last post.
Making beautiful drawing journals in one class period is challenging. I’m relieved to say that the day of bookmaking went really well.
This post will mostly be a photo essay of making five styles of books, with kids ages 4 though 11.
The Pre-K kids immediately started to fill their books with drawings, and lost no time showing off their creations to each other.
Kindergartners did a simple rubber-band and stick binding. They all wanted to decorate their sticks. Most of the students tended towards making animal shapes with the bling.
The big surprise of the day, for me, was both how quickly the first graders finished their project and how amazingly beautiful they turned out. These books took them only twenty minutes to make.
Knowing what I know now I would slow the project down and help the kids less. I was so nervous about how this project would go.
Wallpaper-sample covers were simply glued on. These look so good to me.
The modified pamphlet stitch book with pocketed covers made by 2nd & 3rd graders was the only project that I’ve done so often with students that I knew it would go well.
The highlight of the day, for me, was making these sewn journals with 4th & 5th graders.
The book block was made from 4 pieces of 11″ x 17″ papers folding into origami pamphlets, then sewn together side-by-side. All the holes for sewing were punched by paper punches.
Wallpaper-sample covers were attached by threading ribbons through holes in the cover and endpapers.
This project ran a bit over time. We were suppose to finish in 45 minuets, but it took 50 minutes. No one complained 🙂
These books, like most of the other books made yesterday, were constructed without glue, The only exception is the envelope books. I didn’t exclude the use of glue intentionally, but I guess I think about glueless structures more often than not.
This was the last class of this school season. Now I can get back to some housecleaning.
I am ending this season happy!