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Saturday, October 17, 2020

(Lots of photos)

We had a group of 27 students, 7 adults, and two babies. All in four groups, broken up by age. Originally it was three groups but the 2-5 grades had too many kids to fit in the loom house all at once so we went to four groups.

Iowa has been having some colder temperatures over night; my plan was to arrive early and start my heater to warm the building up. With the sun and my heater the temperature went from 42 degrees to 52 degrees by the time the kids arrived at 10am.

When we have school groups that request programs the loom house drastically changes.

This is right inside the door. I found that if I give the kids a small lock of wool right as they enter they pay attention better. They can keep the lock or put it back in the basket as they leave, their choice.

Because the loom bench has been repaired I put things on it, along with my 'please do not sit on the loom bench' sign so no one sits there. I know it could fall apart at any time but someone else might not realize that.

This is my spot. I clear out all the other spinning wheels and have all my tools behind the chair. I always put down something on the floor, in this case a wool-filled comforter, so the kids know where to sit. Plus there are chairs around the edge of the room for adults.

It creates a full room. And where would we be without coffee in the morning! When I can, I use the local coffee shop for the open-my-eyes in the morning start up.

The down side of making space for the kids is that the more unusual spinning wheels are pushed to the walls. Here is Prince George hemmed in by baskets and other things that needed to be moved.

Two other wheels were relegated to the east end of the building behind the big loom. In previous pictures you can see the great wheel pushed back to the north wall. But we had plenty of space and I had only one child that I had to stop from walking out of the teaching area.

All in all it was a good day.
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