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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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Maker: Having Visions

Having Visions “A revolution is underway. But it’s not about tearing down the old guard. It’s about building, It’s about creating, it’s about breathing life into groundbreaking new ideas. It’s called the Maker Movement and it’s changing the world.”–Maker Manifesto Talking Stick participating in the Maker Movement is a very natural extension of what we have been doing for years….

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S.T.E.A.M. Maker: Projects of Every Color

Projects of Every Color (October 22 and 24, 2013) Autumn is a colorful, busy season. Classes and sports are in full swing. There are fairs, festivals and celebrations nearly every weekend. At home preparations are being made for holiday feasting and visits with family. Even the local animals are migrating, harvesting and settling in for the cold quiet season to…

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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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Maker: Make Something?

Make Something? Make something? Generate a product every Maker Class? The learning here at Talking Stick is supposed to be process focused and now we must deliver the goods? As it turns out having goals, working together to achieve them (and cleaning up afterwards) plus all the problem solving that entails is a great way to develop processes. So far…

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