The Talking Stick Blog

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Wilderness Survival: Emergencies, First Aid, and Knives

Talking Stick is offering a new program this fall: Wilderness Survival, and I am very excited to facilitate it. In an earlier part of my life, I served as an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army. And in a much early part of my life, I was an Eagle Scout, and I currently volunteer at a local Cub Scout pack….

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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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Nature, Writing, Literature: Winter Twigs and Germantown Flora

  Winter Twigs and Germantown Flora January-March 2014 Our winter workshop has included snow, research, snow, speculations, observations, and a little more snow. For the past several weeks, we enjoyed reading True Lies: 18 Tales for You to Judge by George Shannon. In each story, a character communicates something that is interpreted differently from what is literally said. Our group was very savvy in…

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Beating the Global Food System

Beating the Global Food System January 9 and 16, 2014 Can you beat the system? Our participants did. Over the last few weeks, global studies participants learned about the unfairness of the global food system through an interactive role playing game from Oxfam Education. Can your pupils beat the system? Playing this game will help them understand the global food…

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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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Free Teen Workshop Series Launches in January 2014

Talking Stick is very pleased to offer the community a free, Teen Workshop Series this winter. Beginning in January, the series will include eight individual workshop sessions. Each session will be slightly different, all are free. The workshop will be led by Jordan Shade. Jordan is a second year graduate design student who moved to Philadelphia from Austin, TX to…

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Nature, Writing, Literature: Freewriting and Freewalking

Freewriting and Freewalking December 3, 2013 As we waited for everyone to arrive, we played a word game of creating sentences with each person adding one word at a time.  After the first hilarious and inventive sentence, several young people asked, “Are you writing these down?”  One person commented that we could add them to the blog.  Here are the…

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Nature, Writing, Literature: Words Enough to Capture

Words Enough to Capture November 5 and 12, 2013 Make a list of 30 words you don’t think you can write without (the most fundamental words of any communication: the, and, of, etc.). Now write a response to this question, without using those words: What is the origin of the moon? A participant in our workshop created this prompt and…

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