Today's Flowers: Do Not Water

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This is one of the three wreaths the kids in my origami club created the flowers for this Christmas. This is a simple origami figure, but it confounded some of the children, nonetheless. They worked hard, though. And they got their, helping each other and occasionally crumpling a flower and tossing it aside. This group of eight or so sixth graders includes children with a wide range of abilities and attention spans. Helping them sort the flowers for the wreaths, I was struck by how their personalities came through their work. They we had a big pile of flowers to work with, each child emerged from the mass, individual and beautiful (and, in some cases, in need of a little repair). Merry Christmas.

Comments

  1. It is truly lovely!

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  2. Very creative. Origami needs a lot of patience and they did it well!

    AL

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  3. How wonderful! Both the wreath and the lesson learned.

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  4. I think that is what being a artist is all about, having your own personality show through.

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  5. how sweet and I'm sure they felt successful when they saw the completed project. you are a gift to them...

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  6. how sweet and I'm sure they felt successful when they saw the completed project. you are a gift to them...

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  7. This is lovely! A simple orgami figure that makes this look like a Christmas poinsettia.
    Tell the children their work is splendid!

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  8. Very pretty and lovely work.
    Your children can be very proud to creat this wreath.
    Great picture!!

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  9. even more special that way

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  10. Your love for these children shines through every time you write about them. They are so lucky to have a fine teacher like you.

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  11. Wow! Beautiful! And, you did it with 6th graders! I did the same with my 6th graders except they made 1000 cranes for the Sadako Memorial in Hiroshima, Japan. I did this 2 years in a row and then I actually went to Japan to visit the memorial (and many other places too). What an amazingly emotional place it is, with such beauty. Origami cranes from all over the world! 6th graders ROCK!

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  12. Very original and I can see how much work went into this "forever" wreath! Lovely!

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  13. Your students did a wonderful job. The wreath is beautiful.

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  14. its very pretty..

    Merry Christmas..

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  15. The wreath is so precious, Sandy! It is something you like to hang year after year because there is a touching story behind it.

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  16. The oragami wreath is beautiful and I love your title.

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  17. What a beautiful wreath - so original. Nice to hear how your group worked together on it.

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  18. A beautiful wreath. Such projects can teach children so much, and by teaching we ourselves can also learn.

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  19. What a lovely wreath, Sandy. I always enjoy your post. You are very creative.

    My entry

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  20. Hi Sandy, what a lovely piece. You must have a lot of patience working with children :).

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  21. Life and art are tightly intertwined. we each have a different viewpoint which invariably comes through even when we try to disguise it by assuming the sryle of another. Children are much more open and nowhere near as adept at camouflaging their emotion and therefore allow their essence to be more readily perceived.
    Great work you did with them to have them create something so uniform yet collective.

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  23. They did an excellent job! It's beautiful!

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  24. Sandy: They certainly can be proud of the beautiful wreath. I hope it gets hung in a special place.

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  25. That is very nice!! Do you have a nice spot to hang it up?

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  26. Anonymous3:46 AM

    very beautiful work. well done.

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  27. Nice catch! Mine is up. Hope to see you.

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  28. This is a beautiful 'floral' creation and knowing its history, I'd say a fitting metaphor for all of us. Thanks for sharing!

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  29. that a lovely wreath..the kids did very well

    mine is here

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  30. You have a fine heart of appreciation to the wonderful sense of arts of your children Sandy. I am sure they love you for being such a marvelous mentor and one who encourages them to harness their cognitive values in being creative. This wreath is an unquestionable testimony of their hardwork, creative minds and beautiful hands. Kudos dear Teacher!

    Fleur*de*liz

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  31. totally cool what talented kids :)

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  32. great experience for the kids! cool work!

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  33. Talented children, it is a very difficult job and it's wonderful.

    Good week for you, Sandy!

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  34. That's beautiful. I love handmade things.

    Nicholas

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  35. What a neat project... What did you glue the flowers onto. This would be fun to do with the nieces and nephews this Christmas.

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  36. Really a lovely flower composition, very nice for Christmas time.

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  37. It is beautiful! "

    "They done good." I wonder if the directions are on the internet? I would like to try it someday.

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