Lynn Handshy
Apple This is Lynn Handshy. Lynn teaches first grade at Tularcitos Elementary School in Carmel Valley, California. She will write monthly articles about the major activities and projects of her classroom. We will feature those projects here on Leslie's website.

July Greetings!

By Lynn Handshy

Flags wave above buildings, on poles and from car antennae. A heightened awareness of the patriotic symbols of our country has definitely found it’s way into elementary schools. My 1st graders wanted to express their enthusiasm for country by creating a quilt. The class donated their completed quilt to the PTO for their annual auction fundraiser.

This is how we made it.

The children drew their flags on 10"x10" squares of white muslin. They then colored in the red stripes and blue star field with fabric markers. They used opaque white fabric paint and a Q-Tip to dot on the stars. With adult assistance they sewed a strip of gold braid along the side of the flag to represent the pole and topped it off with a red or blue button.

A parent volunteer sewed the quilt together using red fabric dotted with tiny blue and white stars and a red white and blue flannel backing. The quilt could also be created on paper for a classroom wall display.

My children were very proud of their creation. They were also amazed that it sold for over $400.00 at the auction. The price tag inspired lots of math activities. How much is $400.00. WOW!

Until next month, Lynn.