New York and São Paulo Kindergarteners Create a Quilt Together

Natalie Gootkin, Kindergarten Teacher

The Avenues New York kindergartners have been working alongside Avenues São Paolo kindergartners throughout the year! They spent time getting to know each other through interviews, a greeting card project and now through the creation of a quilt.

As part of our kindergarten self-expression unit, students are learning about photography. We took a trip to the High Line to take photos of shapes in nature. Using our understanding of shapes from math class, we were able to identify many shapes, such as buildings in the shape of a rectangle, signs in the shape of a square, even flower petals in the shape of a circle and oval. Students chose one of their photos from the High Line trip to use in our quilt. Their peers in São Paolo focused on finding shapes throughout the Avenues campus. Combining photography and math, we created a community-and-shapes quilt to be displayed both here in New York and in São Paolo.

Collaborative quilt by Avenues New York and Avenues São Paulo students

Each New York kindergarten class was paired up with a São Paolo kindergarten class to share photos and create a quilt. Students created their own background for their quilt, using bright colored construction paper or watercolor images. Then, alongside their teacher, they helped to string the quilt together with thread or tape.

Collaborative quilt by Avenues New York and Avenues São Paulo students

Together, we built a quilt that symbolizes shapes in both communities. We are excited to share with you our quilts across the kindergarten floor!

Collaborative quilt by Avenues New York and Avenues São Paulo students
Collaborative quilt by Avenues New York and Avenues São Paulo students