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BRADFORD-TIOGA HEAD START, INC. Athens 2 Classroom Studies Clothes


Most people don’t think of clothes as a learning tool for young children.  However, if you think about it, clothes are a perfect medium for introducing, size, color, number and purpose to young children.  If you ask the children enrolled in the Athens 2 classroom of Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. they will also tell you that while learning about clothes. they got to ask questions like “How is cloth made?”, “How do people make clothes from the material?” and “How do we care for the clothes we wear?”.

To begin the lesson of “how is cloth made?”, Athens 2 Teacher Tessa Kirk had the children learn about and then create a handmade loom. Each child was encouraged to try it out to see how it worked. Once everyone had an opportunity to work with the handmade loom, the children used a classroom loom to create a rug and an art project. As part of the learning process, Ms. Kirk explained to the children that one of the first step in creating clothes, is to make or loom the fabric. Then once the fabric is made, the next step is to make the clothes.

Another topic that the class discussed during this study, was why we wear different clothes at different times of the day and how some people wear specials clothes for work. A local postal worker visited the class and talked about the clothes he wears when he works for the U.S. Post Office. The children asked many questions about his work clothes and what happens when he goes home at the end of the day.

Over the next few weeks, the Athens 2 children will continue their Clothes study. Everything from the winter hats on their heads to the socks on their feet will be discussed. No topic will be too small! For when you talk clothes, they come in all shapes, sizes, colors and patterns!

Photo Caption:   Athens 2 child Thomas Searles weaving.