This February while learning about black history, my class of transition age students with special needs showed a particular interest in the quilts that were used to communicate information to African slaves about how to escape to freedom via the Underground Railroad. We decided to make a quilt ourselves.
Many of my students have low vision or are legally blind and creating projects for them that have a tactile component allows them to access the curriculum with greater ease.
I would like to buy felt for creating quilt squares. Felt is sturdy enough for them to be able to handle, cut and glue. I would also like adaptive scissors that would allow the students to work independently.
We hope to create a quilt that will represent an important piece of American history.
These quilting supplies will give my low vision students with special needs the opportunity to create a piece of communal art that teaches them an important lesson in the history of the United States.
The special scissors will allow the students the freedom to work independently and practice their motor skills as well as show off their creativity.
Our school does not have art classes and it is important for the students to be able to learn about the possibilities of Art in remembering the past and expressing their hopes for themselves and the future.
The various types of felt will lend a variety of textures to the quilt squares that the students will be able to feel.
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