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Maker Exploratorium: Reflecting and Planning For the New Year

Talking Stick Learning Center’s homeschool Maker Exploratorium had a wonderful end to 2014, filled with international intrigue, baking, collaborative games, and of course, art and making. We continue to enjoy our participation in the IEARN community (International Education and Resource Network). As part of their IEARN Global Food Challenge and in celebration of Thanksgiving week, we spent November 25th making…

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Maker Exploratorium Goes International

Do you know what the favorite breakfast food is for young people in Mojo, Spain?  Toast with olive oil, tomatoes, cheese, and meat. How about a  favorite lunch in Pakistan?  Beson ki roti (flat bread), Chappli Kabab (beef and spices), sweet rice, and  lassi (yogurt based drink).  Do you  know what they serve for lunch at the Syuejia Elementary School…

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Maker Exploratorium: Ideas, Inspiration, and Symbiotic Learning

Ideas, Inspiration, and Symbiotic Learning September 30 and October 7, 2014 In the Talking Stick Maker Exploratorium homeschool program, we are investigating what makes us tick. We are exploring our own learning styles, hearing about what works for others, and imagining ways to overcome potential obstacles to our project-based learning. I love the internet and am fascinated by how I…

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New Beginnings in the Maker Exploratorium

The first days of a new homeschool program at Talking Stick Learning Center are always filled with excitement and wonder. This year the Tuesday Maker Exploratorium is adding some new elements. “What maker projects will we be doing?” someone asks. “The answer to that,” I explained, “will be up to each of you.” I spent this past summer researching project-based…

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S.T.E.A.M. Maker: These Are A Few of Our Favorite Things

These are a Few of Our Favorite Things How does a S.T.E.A.M. Maker facilitator catch up on her homeschooling blogging? By making up crazy song lyrics that coincide to photo collages, of course!  I wrote a song parody because it is fun to try new things and I had never made one before (and may never again). I picked the song…

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S.T.E.A.M. Maker: Exploring the World of Makers, Artists, and Inventors

Exploring the World of Makers, Artists, and Inventors (October 8 and 10, 2013) Last week the Talking Stick Tuesday and Thursday  10-15 year old homeschool program went on a field trip.  The weather was perfect, and after a short walk to the train station, we were on our way. Due to the careful planning of Paige, we fit so much into…

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S.T.E.A.M. Maker: Finding Our Groove

Finding Our Groove (October 1 and 3, 2013) “I love being the baker! It makes me feel so alive!” Reflections from our  S.T.E.A.M. Maker program at Talking Stick Learning Center don’t get better than that. How do we know we are on track and doing what we should be doing? We feel alive and happy and at the top of our…

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S.T.E.A.M Maker: Making Time for Freedom

Making Time for Freedom September 17 and 24, 2013 Between the end of Nature, Writing, and Literature and the beginning of Maker is an hour where the young people can eat and have free time. I love this hour for so many reasons, but mostly I love to see what the young people do with it.  Some days there are wild…

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S.T.E.A.M. Maker: Everything Old is “Renewed” Again

Everything Old is “Renewed” Again When I took the MIT course Learning Creative Learning one of the people that inspired me the most was Arvind Gupta, an engineer who has dedicated his life to toys and helping children learn. If you have not seen his TED Talk, it is a very inspiring and  wonderful reminder that education is based more on ingenuity…

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S.T.E.A.M. Maker: Steaming Up Creativity in Germantown

Steaming Up Creativity in Germantown September 12, 2013 You are probably familiar with the acronym S.T.E.M. and know it stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. When the acronym changes to S.T.E.A.M., like our homeschool program title, art is added into the mix to include the large, expansive notion of creativity in general. On our first day of our new S.T.E.A.M….

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