Saturday, November 20, 2010

Palm Leaf Books and More at Green Bean

Finally having a chance to write again: This past Thursday's class at Green Bean was one of the first we've had to have inside because of the rainy/cold weather! We've been very lucky up to this point.

We made Palm Leaf Books, books traditionally made from long, flat, dried palm leaves in warm places like Indonesia and India that are strung together on one or two cords. Palm leaf books often hold poetry, prayer, mantras, or other spiritual/"good" writings. In our own pages we drew and collaged images of things or people that we were thankful for.

Of course, when six children get into collaging... get really into collaging... in a small indoor space...

Let's just say we took over that bookshop! We were practically swimming in decorative papers as we cut and collaged in stocking feet (may of us let our rain boots dry by the sofa!) It was certainly fun to have a little explosive art nook to ourselves, but at the same time I got the idea that three or four children would be more conducive to indoor classes as the winter continues.

That's right, after the fall's last class in early December, I will be offering six more bookmaking classes at Green Bean! Open to Ks and First graders, the six classes will focus on interactive books with movable parts. We'll make pop ups, lift-the-flaps, wheels that spin, card games and more. I am limiting these winter classes to four children so we all have some breathing room, although if there is enough interest I am open to offering two one-hour-long segments for each class (3-4 and 4-5 or the like). You can always email me at or with questions or simply to express interest! Winter classes start in January.

*** There is one more fall class in the "Books Around the World Series." While it was scheduled for Thursday, December 2nd, it has been moved to Thursday, December 9th. Hope most of you who are signed up can still make it! The date change may leave some spots open-- call Green Bean to get the scoop! We will be making wish scrolls (from Ethiopia, among other places) and reading about how children in different cultures make and grant wishes; it's more than just blowing out birthday candles!

Oh, and the wish scrolls aren't so much collage intensive or nearly as page-heavy; six children will have plenty of space to work for this one :)

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