Update 11/14/14: I wanted to include a link to a newer post that includes the invitation to join Salt Meadow Academy by contributing to this collaborative effort. Visit the invitation here http://wp.me/p4MMgM-3j
material consisting of threads of cotton, hemp, or other material twisted together to form a thin length.
synonyms: twine, cord, yarn, thread, strand
Weaving, twisting, turning, knotted, wrapped, entwined, criss-crossed. These small strands can bring an entire group together.
We started our string tree at Salt Meadow Academy, a collaborative project that I hope spans the school year. These beautiful strings are symbolic of the children and parents that pass through Salt Meadow Academy’s doors. Each string is unique (color, diameter, length, and texture) and they continue to retain their individuality, but these singular strings become a portion of a much bigger picture, a community. Our students all start as single strands entering and they depart (still as unique individuals) interwoven and entwined with the knowledge,friendships, and experiences that they’ve explored together.
The provocation was simple. Some spools of colored threads that I had found at Goodwill, a box of leftover yarn and ribbon scraps from projects and two dried-out, beautiful barren branches from a tree that was trimmed by the utility company last spring met the children after lunch.
Their initial puzzlement soon gave way to questions. What are these trees for? Why is there lots of string? Is this a project? What are we supposed to do?
The answer was simple. Do what YOU feel is necessary and important.
They took it from there.