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Bradford Tioga Head Start Children Use Clothing to Learn

Most people do not think of clothes as a learning tool for young children. However, consider this - all students can easily relate to clothes. Therefore, that makes clothing a perfect way to introduce children to colors, patterns, numbers and even new vocabulary!  

The Athens 1 class of Bradford Tioga Head Start recently spent time studying clothing. The hands on, intergenerational activity connected the talents of their foster grandmother, Becky, with the current interests of the children. The classroom teachers discussed different types of materials. They talked with the students about how clothes are made some in a big factory others by hand. As an example of something handmade, Foster Grandmother Becky showed the children about crocheting. She let them experience the needles, the yarn and the stitches! In addition, she even encouraged them to try it for themselves! During the clothing study, the children also experienced weaving on a loom and practiced sewing buttons on burlap using plastic needles. 

While learning about how clothes are made, the children have also talked about patterns on clothing, expanded their clothing vocabulary, participated in stories about clothing, and used creativity to produce works of art. They also have drawn their experiences from this study in weekly journal entries.


Photo Caption:  Grandma Becky and Jordyn share a happy moment while Jordyn displays her amazement at her newfound crocheting talent. The Athens 1 staff and children appreciate the opportunity to have foster grandmother Becky in the classroom.  She is a great asset to the children.