If you work in the field of education, you've probably heard of the maker movement. Makerspaces are taking the world by storm and are a great way for kids to learn in a hands-on way. A makerspace is an area where students can go to create, invent, explore and discover using a variety of tools and materials. It's not always easy to embark on a project such as a makerspace if you are short on space, funds, or just aren't sure where to begin. So here's a list of helpful websites that will show you how to create your very own makerspace!
1. 12 Things to Remember When Creating a Makerspace
2. 5 Ways to Ensure Real Learning Happens in Maker-Enhanced Projects
3. 5 Questions to Ask When Planning a Makerspace
4. How to Start a Makerspace When You Are Broke
5. Starting a School Makerspace from Scratch
6. Makerspaces Without a Space: Circulating Maker-Kits for the School Library
Visit the Penworthy website for great makerspace books!
"Rodeo Red" by Maripat Perkins is a large-format picture book that is adorable for many reasons. Rodeo Red is a pig-tailed preschooler who fancies herself to be a "rancher" and tries to save her beloved stuffed dog from the clutches of her baby brother in this sibling showdown. The colorful illustrations and wild west style language are sure to make any child or adult laugh. Her mother is the sheriff and her father is the deputy, and when she misbehaves and gets put into a time-out, she refers to it as being put in a "holding cell." When she's released, she “decides to drown her sorrows and grab some grub” (AKA cookies and milk)! A great story to bring up the subject of having new siblings.
From Roxane Goldman, Penworthy Sales Representative
To keep kids excited while still testing their comprehension, we have created two worksheets for your use. The first is a matching between the animal and a description of their eyes. The second is a crossword puzzle that uses clues directly from the text. Both of these activities will feel like games to your kids and will keep them engaged and entertained while learning!
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