J’s teacher showed me an idea that she got from a blog and asked if I could come up with something similar for their classroom. Well, how can I say no to such a challenge? **Update** I finally found the link for the original inspiration for this project at itty bitty love. She has some examples of word family cards that the children can choose from. Check out her blog. Great Montessori ideas!
The purpose of this work is to put a word ending in the top attic window. So there will be a card with “AT” on it for example. Then, the child will have more cards with the “AT” ending which the child places down the right-side column of windows, cards with beginning sounds, and then objects that match the words that can be created…”CAT” or “BAT” for instance. I’ll try to get some pictures of the work in progress once J’s teacher puts it out.
The size of the red house is about 12×12 inches, which was just the size of the pieces of wool-blend red felt that I had (purchased from Felt-o-Rama). The white windows on the red part of the house are 2×3 inches. I sewed those on with my machine and a straight-stitch. So here was my process:
1) Cut out two pieces of tan for the roof. Attached the window in the center of one piece using white embroidery floss and a whip stitch. Then, I used a back-stitch and dark gray floss to make the window panes, and to outline the window. I then put the two tan pieces together, sandwiched in a piece of dark charcoal (a felted sweater scrap) and used a decorative stitch to sew the roof together.
2) Cut out the main house window pieces. I attached these to the front house piece with Heat-n-Bond Lite in order to get them to stay on securely when I was sewing them on. I find this works better than just pinning which can cause the pieces to turn out a bit wonky by the time you are done if you aren’t careful. Then I sewed them in place with my machine, matching thread, and a standard straight stitch. I hand-stitched the window panes with a back stitch and dark charcoal embroidery floss. You could put the windows on by hand with a whip-stitch but I was trying to save a bit of time with eight windows!
3) I then embellished the house a bit with the purple coneflower, grass and butterfly.
4) While watching the awesome skating on the Olympics last night, I put together the two red pieces by hand with a blanket stitch. Stitched all the way around all sides. I then attached the roof using a whipstitch along the bottom edge of the roof where it meets the front piece of the house. I didn’t tack it down in the back at all. I didn’t really feel like it needed it, but I can do that later if it turns out to need some additional support after it’s been used awhile by the children.
This was a fun project! I can’t wait to see it in action in the classroom.