Thanksgiving Chests

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


Crafty TK Learning Space

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


A big little box

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




Make a “Maker” Promise

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 matters

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


Joy in the making

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