Sandra arrived today saying, "I've got the sewing machine!"
The children were instantly curious to find out what Sandra was going to do with her sewing machine. It was strange too because the children were actually taking a sewing machine to bits using all those wonderful tools like a screwdriver and spanner. Sandra's sewing machine was going to be used for quite another purpose!
Sandra gathered the pasifika material and set about to sew right around the edges we call hemming. Wintrow said, "I'm really good at this. I'm an expert!" Sandra chuckled probably wishing she was an expert too!
We found out she was! The sewing machine made a continuing whirring noise and Leo and Nikau were most interested and we could hear Sandra say, "Now, push the pedal with your foot!" And the whirring would start up again. They had to problem solve how much to push down and then lift their foot to stop.
This was an amazing activity and showing the interdependency between teacher and child(ren).