Teachers from around the country, working with students from pre-school through college, have been telling us how they're used quilts in their classrooms. . .
I just completed a sabbatical project that integrated storytelling, personal narrative writing, and quilting. Working with second and fifth grade students, I helped to make two collaborative class quilts that were tied to experiences in storytelling and writing. My project and the curriculum that developed can be found at The Story Quilt Project Web site. This site also contains a variety of activities intended to promote intergenerational family writing. I welcome everyone to visit and borrow from this site.
On a field trip to Sinclair Community College, the third graders from Kinder Elementary School participated in a session about art and culture. Since they were celebrating the Appalachian Culture in school that week, we decided to help them make a quilt.
Before the actual work began on the quilt, we talked to the children about the historical and cultural significance of quilts and quilting. They were shown samples of quilts--both antique and newer patterns. They then were given pieces of fabric and asked to draw something about college or what they wanted to be when they grew up.
After they finished they arranged the blocks inside a border which had been drawn by their high school mentors. The quilt project was so popular with the students that word of it spread quickly. The quilt was placed on display at the Appalachian Festival at Kinder Elementary School and at the senior awards ceremony at the high school (Miamisburg High School).
We were then asked to bring the quilt to the state capital in Columbus. . . Since senate was just going into session, the students were given the opportunity to view a few minutes of the opening of the session. Our group was recognized by the senate president and received a round of applause from the senatorsquite an experience for all involved. We are all looking forward to the continuation of the project this coming school year.