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Each child made their own to take home. They chose the colors and wrapped the wool around their bar of soap, then placed it all in a knee high stocking to keep the colors in place. Next, they dipped it alternately in hot water and then cold and rubbed the bar of soap for 15 minutes. The resulting bar of soap with shrunken wool protecting it was beautiful.
What I noticed most about the project, though, was that the kids were deeply engaged in this work from head to hands. They were quietly chatting with each other. All five groups were respectful and excited about the learning. There wasn’t one behavior issue. This isn’t a coincidence, this is was true learning looks like.