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Lincoln’s legacy

A good friend and fellow church overseer, Regan Read, highlighted these words from Lincoln’s second inaugural address in a cameo yesterday: With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bindcontinue…

It’s a baby care center

The baby care center, a themed area of dramatic play in my TK classroom, provides an opportunity for directed and free-choice play to develop. It has been a week or so for me to test out some of these activities and record some notes as to how they are developing some key skills. I spell outcontinue…

9 cool coding projects for kids using Dot and Dash

http://coolmomtech.com/2015/08/dot-and-dash-coding-projects-wonder-workshop/ Even though there are plenty of affiliate links this article has some examples of creative ways to use Wonder Workshop for STEM. I will adapt for TK and share what we do.

STEM Gift ideas

There is a new surge in codable, hands-on toys for young children. Through a STEM initiative in our district (#icancode) we are experiencing some of the fun of Dash & Dot, Sphero, Ollie, Code.org, and Tynker, to name a few. I found a few blog posts with reviews of these and more: http://www.thetoyinsider.com/coding-101-2016-top-toy-trend/ http://www.workingmother.com/stem-toys-teach-kids-to-code Also,continue…

The eleventh hour

We had a great experience participating in the Hour of Code this past week. It was nice to be featured in a couple @lynwoodschools tweets. Our new grade-level (PK-K) touch-screen chromebook cart came in the same day we had some of our time scheduled and coincided with the visit from the PR team. I wascontinue…

Comparisons

If I set the sun beside the moon, And if I set the land beside the sea, And if I set the town beside the country, And if I set the man beside the woman, I suppose some fool would talk about one being better. G.K Chesterton

Where do we begin? Perspectives on STEM for TK

As a Transitional Kindergarten (TK) teacher I find myself in a common quandary in relation to classroom Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activities. Administrators, parents, advocates, and policy makers expect more STEM in our 21st century classrooms and our district is participating in a special initiative, providing my classroom with iPads, Google Chromebooks andcontinue…

Worlds of Wonder

We are privileged to have Dash and Dot from the Wonder Workshop in our TK classroom. This video is a brief introduction. In the first part she tells about some of the ways they help us begin programming. See the LUSD #icancode initiative website for more details on our curriculum.  

Let’s get coding

This video is in line with the goal of our #icancode iPad initiative.  

Watch out. Research shows screentime can be a real brain drain.

Dimitri Christakis explains his research in this TEDx lecture “How TV Affects the Brains of Young Children” His study shows that too much exposure at a young age can be detrimental to the brain’s development. Constructive, interactive play and exploration literally helped build the brain in their study. “We need more real time play today.”  Children, at young ages,continue…

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