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Bedrock Academy

Beading Classes
Grades 1-9

Beading Classes are not only fun but great for fine motor skills, math and visual design. We offer a variety of classes for different age groups and supply everything you need to complete these projects in
30-60
 minutes.

In-hand manipulation skills: 
Many components of making a beaded craft increase strength and coordination in the small hand and finger muscles. For example, picking a bead up from the beading tray, and then manipulating it in one's hand until it is pinched between your thumb and finger, involves translation, shift and rotation movements of the bead within the hand.
Visual Perceptual Skills:
Visual Discrimination, Scanning, Visual Memory: The child must be able to remember the beading pattern to determine the bead they want to use. Once they know what bead they want, visual discrimination assists them in selecting the bead that fits their mental image of the desired bead. Finally, the child must scan across many different beads before finding the desired bead.
Visual Motor Skills:
Eye-Hand coordination: Threading beads onto a string involves bilateral coordination of the child's hands, and requires their eyes and hands to work together.
Cognitive Skills:
Planning: What style of bracelet does the child want to make? What pattern will they choose? Where are all the materials needed to complete this beading activity? By answering these questions, the child develops his/her planning and problem-solving skills.

Math Skills: 
How long will my necklace, bracelet, or keychain need to be? How many beads do I need to complete this project? How can I create and maintain this beading pattern? Encouraging children to think through these functional math problems is a motivating way to improve academic skills in this area.

Stretchy Bracelet Class:

Grade 1-6

45 minute Class

No tools necessary

Instructor Led or Zoom $13 per student

Kits for Teacher Led: $10

Students will learn how to add different color, shaped, size and type of beads using a surgical knot to close the bracelet. Beads with larger inside diameter holes are used for younger age groups and smaller beads for older age groups. Students will be able to make 1-2 bracelets time permitted. 

Beaded Bookmark Class:

Grade 3-6

45 minute Class

No tools necessary

Instructor Led or Zoom $13 per student

Kits for Teacher Led: $10

Students will learn how to add different color, shaped, size and type of beads using a surgical knot to close the strand with a charm on the end. Beads with larger inside diameter holes are used for younger age groups and smaller beads for older age groups. 

Memory Wire Bracelet Class:

Grade 3-6

60 minute Class

Tools: Round Nose Pliers

Instructor Led or Zoom $13 per student

Kits for Teacher Led: $10 - tool rental available

Students will learn how to add beads to memory wire choosing different sizes, shapes, colors to create basic patterns adding a charm at the end.

Elastic Daisy Bracelets or Ring Class:

Grade 5-9

60 minute Class

No tools necessary

Instructor Led or Zoom $13 per student

Kits for Teacher Led: $10

In this fun class students will learn how to make the classic daisy chain with elastic cord using it to create bracelets and rings. Students will learn how to create basic beading patterns to create these lovely daisies.

Macramé Knotted Bracelet Class:

Grade 5-9

90 minute Class

No tools necessary

Instructor Led or Zoom $13 per student

Kits for Teacher Led: $10

Learn basic macramé knotting skills, incorporating beads to make the ever popular daisy bracelet. Students will learn different knotting techniques and beading patterns to create these unique bracelets.

Basic Bead Strung Bracelet Class:

 

Grade 5-9

60 minute Class

Tools: Chain Nose Pliers, Crimping Pliers

Instructor Led or Zoom $13 per student

Kits for Teacher Led: $10 - tool rental available

This class covers a greater understanding of the findings and techniques used to put together beaded jewellery. Learn how to string and crimp a bracelet using nylon-coated beading wire and beads of your choosing. How to open and close jump rings, and crimping a bracelet shut will be covered in this class. 

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