“J” is for Jackson | 1st Grade

To deepen the first grade unit on community, pARTners implements several projects starting with the Community Quilt, a creative lesson taught with help from the Jackson Hole Quilt Guild. Students select an image that corresponds with the sound of their assigned letter, and then a pARTners artist helps the students interpret their chosen image into a fabric square. Volunteers from the Quilt Guild stitch the students’ squares into quilts, teaching the students about the importance of patterning and measuring in quilting. The ABC quilts become a proud display in each classroom. The second component of pARTners’ first-grade community curriculum finds students photographing patterns in nature. Guided by a pARTners artist, the project reinforces the concept of patterns, familiarizes children with the Elements of Art and underscores their “sense of place.”