The Talking Stick Blog

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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: 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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Odyssey Blog: Inventions and Flexible Thinking

How do you take the ordinary and make it extraordinary? How do you team up to complete a challenge that is seemingly impossible? Today we worked on creative problem solving in groups and individually. We discovered that both situations often require us to think outside the box, to dream up new possibilities and to practice our flexible thinking.