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What Goes in a Makerspace?

You’ve decided to have a Makerspace. What should you put in it? Any thing you want. Start small. We put out origami paper and a book during the first week just to see what would happen. (Turns out the answer to that question is lots of paper frogs.) But seriously, we made a list of potential items for your Makerspace. Continue Reading

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Valentine’s Day Love Trees

ValentinesTreesDo you need an activity that you can use to teach students about color while making something special for Valentine’s Day? Do you dread having to find something do for Valentine’s Day? Are you a Valentine’s Day fool? Or Scrooge? This is for you!

There are several variations to make this project listed below, but basically it’s a tree with heart-shaped leaves. Sounds great, right?

Who doesn’t need a heart-shaped leaf?

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Why Makerspaces?

Makerspaces: They seem to be all the buzz, but the concept that drives them isn’t new. For many years, we’ve been focused on directing every moment of our students’ lives. As parents, the lives of children are scheduled to the point they never have a moment to decide for themselves what to do. So when did we decide as adults that play is a bad thing?

Exploration is key to problem solving, critical thinking and self-regulation. Children learn by role-playing real-life situations, rearranging toys, touching materials or using items in unconventional ways. So why not include Makerspaces in our school environments? Continue Reading

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Five Things We Buy AFTER Christmas

Phew! You made it! Christmas is over, but remember how crazy and busy it was? That’s why we always get prepared one year in advance. Are we crazy? No, just thrifty.

Think about all the Christmas items you needed this year. How much did it all cost? More than you planned, right? Here are five things we buy right after Christmas for the next school year to save some money. Continue Reading

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Recycled Cork Ornaments

Do you have a bunch of wine corks laying around? Well, they can make great ornaments with a little paint and detail.

First of all, you can buy corks the old-fashioned way by drinking wine, but they are also available at craft or hobby stores. If you have wine drinking friends or student parents, let them know you’ll be collecting the corks in advance of making these ornaments. One cork per student will work best. Continue Reading