I have taught beginner's level Origami to elementary school children for the past five years in the East Bay, CA. I currently bring my program to 9 elementary schools including neighborhoods in Orinda, Oakland and Piedmont.
Origami is the most fabulous and unique art form on the planet! It excites practically all of the natural senses from visual to auditory to tactile. Some paper is even scented so now there is one more sense to awaken-smell! If only you could eat the paper!
Origami serves as the perfect segue way to demonstrate and teach basic concepts of Math and Geometry because every which way you manipulate that piece of paper, it is angles and fractions and polygons! Plus, is it incredibly fun AND it is art!!
I design most of the Origami models myself and create and design the weekly themed projects where we build our Origami models into a 3-dimensional diorama display! The children learn a bit about simple paper crafting techniques along with design and composition and they bring their masterpieces home each week.
It is so fun to see the progress of the children over time and I especially love to hear them say "I did it!" and see the glowing smile upon their faces!