The #Nophonezone is nearly finished. I am making this charging station for our man-cave hangout area. It encourages people to put their devices on time out so that they can better spend time with others.
I wanted to have a way to make the puppet collection in my TK class accessible and inviting for the students in the dramatic play area. It came to me that the premade puppet stands from places like the teacher supply warehouses are expensive and not made well so I should just make one. I… Continue reading
This is a story of simple addition and multiplication, and thankful hearts. I have mentioned before that I have a friend who works for a local manufacturer. Recently, after meeting with their warehouse supervisor sharing my story, he has basically opened the door for me to have access to pallet wood, of varying origin, age,… Continue reading
The TK students kept bringing an interest they had to my attention. It came in different ways. I had suggestions, “My mom likes when I make cards.” There were questions like, “What craft are we doing next?” and “Can we use the markers again?” I had an “aha” moment when I realized I could set… Continue reading
I recently had a pallet of clean blue pine lumber donated to me. I thought it would be nice to make something to use in the classroom and that this wood would be perfect because it has good natural color, is sturdy and light. I got to thinking about what I could make that would… Continue reading
I am sharing my cool gift box from Maker Ed and Digital Promise on this video. I received it as the monthly recipient of their Maker Promise promotion. Thank you Maker Ed! Now it’s time to get to making!
I’m proud to announce that I have passed my Google Certified Educator Level 1 Exam. I had to persist through the process as there was bundle of technical complications. After reaching out to the exam help and support staff we were able to get all of the issues resolved and taking the exam was a… Continue reading
With the start of a new school year upon us, I want to share with you a commitment I’ve made to bring maker education to students. The Maker Promise is a campaign to equip more schools with the resources and support they need to provide quality maker learning experiences for their students. As part of… Continue reading
Writing can be one of the most challenging subjects to teach in TK. Students come with limited experience and are developmentally ready for very specific writing activities. As our training said today, “Often the invitation to write is given and the answer is ‘Not right now, thank you.’” Among other things from the “Write from… Continue reading
I was thinking about all of the pallet wood I have in my shop. Since the beginning of the summer I have made all kinds of things: a play fort for the kids, benches and chairs, signs, barrels, boxes, tables, and more. A friend brought me into the fortune of about 30 pallets so I… Continue reading