We love our Dash, Dot, Ollie, and Sphero robots in TK. There are so many ways the students can use them from simply driving them around, to incorporating them into code lessons through Tynker and other kinds of imaginative STEM activities. Now, with 27 students in my classroom, I see the great need to have… Continue reading
My newest TinkerSpace creation is a set of chairs. I’ve listed them on Etsy because I’m working out in the shop area to earn some summer money. Below is the text from the listing: These custom designed and crafted chairs would be a nice addition to your patio or outdoor area. They are made with… Continue reading
Here we go On the first day of summer, Jonathan and Connor and I went over to a local business where we picked up a van full of pallet wood. Our friend (Joe) there has set aside some special pieces of blue pine and we were able to get some pallets to get us started… Continue reading
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A recent buzz in education is all about room environment. Our District TK team has been having some focused discussion on these concepts and how they affect our program. I’m listing some of the resources we are using as links below. One thing is sure: we already have some careful planning and preparations to our… Continue reading
Lately I have been on the watch for the perfect combination of time, resources and a need in my classroom. About a week ago I happened upon a great idea. I needed new boxes for my student desks. The ones I had been using were from the beginning of the school year and it was… Continue reading
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