Quilt Block Introduction Activity | Family and Consumer Sciences Back to School

quilt block logan introduction game ice breaker activity fcsI teach all Health and FCS classes in our small 7-12 school so it is very likely a student has had me before, sometimes in the same day. To keep things interesting for them (and, let’s be honest, myself) I like to switch up our first-day introduction activities.

One of the highlights of FCS 8 is sewing, so a quilt block seems like an appropriate introduction. I bring in a t-shirt quilt that I made in high school and talk about how quilts can tell a story. Then I share that they will be making a quilt block to tell a story about themselves.

I show students where the supplies are around the room and instruct them to cut their manilla poster paper into a square. Beware, this could take longer than you think. Let them struggle a bit before helping. Using a ruler to get a straight edge is an important sewing skill.

Then I talk the students through the activity. Remind them they will have a chance to explain their block so there is not really a right or wrong way to do it.

  1. Make a vertical line for each person in your family. They may define “family” however they want. Students like to get very technical here but are probably probing to be heard. Hear and acknowledge, then tell them to include who they want.
    1. “Miscarriage is hard. Include who you want.”
    2. “Wow! That sounds like a full house! Include who you want.”
    3. “Love makes a family. Include who you want.”
  2. Make a horizontal line for each pet. Some kids don’t have pets, some want a line for every pet they have ever had, and another wants to include their whole dairy herd.
  3. Make a diagonal line for each school activity that you are in or want to be in this year.
  4. Color the different squares.
  5. “Quilt” the quilt. Talk about different techniques. I show students “stitch in the ditch” by drawing a dashed line over the pencil lines.
  6. “Embroider” or “Applique” your name somewhere on the quilt.

Students introduce themselves by sharing a fact about themselves for each color used to decorate their quilt block. The blocks make a great bold decoration for the classroom.

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As you have probably noticed from my lack of posting here and on social media, my life has been consumed with graduate school. One of the classes I took was Family Budgeting and Debt Management. It is an undergraduate level course so I completed a big project to justify the graduate credit. Continue reading

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Free Printable Graduate School Assignment Calendar

I (think I) have my first zero in my college career and I am not happy about it. I posted to a discussion board but did not get my response in before the 8 am (not pm!) deadline. I am reminded of two things:

  1. Give my kids a little grace.
  2. Get organized!

I put together these calendars to help guide me through the term. I have a nice daily planner that just isn’t cutting it for seeing the big picture. My new calendars will be grad-school specific and I can see all my classes for the whole month at once. I’m breathing easier already!

Download my calendar here. It prints on 11 x 17 paper and can be folded in half and hole punched for a binder. This calendar has all of my classes on it so you will need to change that of course. Maybe your life is more exciting and you can use it as a meal planner or blog editorial calendar. Enjoy!

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