Today saw a visit from Mark Divehall from Woods Furniture. Mark and the company he represents have been fabulous to deal with. Mark bought a photographer with him to capture the space a few weeks on and to find out how things were working. The large unit I designed is working out perfectly (although larger in reality than I pictured when I drew it on paper) it is just so versatile and can comfortably accommodate 2 stations and at least 10 learners. It is too high for our littlies to use as a challenge station as they can’t reach right across but they can still put their iPads on it or ‘showcase’ their finished products. The large bins store a HUGE amount of our recycling materials and as they are on lockable wheels can be moved anywhere in the room. Next week we start on the concept drawings for our mobile library which will be exciting. Lots of school are lacking in space and libraries are becoming a luxury. Ours will be fully mobile and able to be booked out on a roster with genre or type (eg Picture Books) able to be spread across Year levels. I love the fact that they’ll be 100% weather proof and all terrain so classes can even be out on the back field! I’ll keep you posted. I’m just putting a flyer together for our Makerspace open day in week 10. Let me know if you are interested as numbers will be strictly limited.
A Monster theme evolved in the Makerspace with Year 2’s after reading this entertaining book “That’s not the Monster we ordered!”. Such a great message and rich discussion from our learners. It was interesting listening to what they would want ‘their’ Monster to do for them. I had 4 stations set up, one Art based where they created cute monsters by straw blowing vibrant Fluro paint ‘sploshes’ and after they dried adding eyes, horns, arms and legs (some drawn with a fine black vivid, some cut out of pre printed sheets I downloaded and some added googly eyes) Station 2 was Engineering based where they used the newly created ‘LEGO tins’ (a tin transformers lunchbox with a cut down LEGO base plate and single colored themed LEGO) their challenge was to create a 3 dimensional monster. Station 3 was a Playdough Monster station with laminated sheets, modeling clay and a range of ‘accessories (eg marbles, ribbons, buttons, cut straws, popsicle sticks etc). Station 4 was a mystery monster bag (a brown paper bag each filled with a different array of bits and bobs). Those that chose station 4 took the entire session to plan, create and improve their creations. The other stations rotated and swapped with someone when they were ready. One station was definitely not as successful as I had hoped, the Art station. Learners LOVED it but it took half the day for the paint to dry so learners came back at lunchtime to do their drawings and add cut our eyes etc. If possible I like the Year 0-2 learners to complete the bulk of their projects with me and the classroom component is using their photos to write, reflect etc. if there is a digital station eg animation or photo editing this is completed back in class. Both the classroom teacher and I armed the hot glue guns for the bulk of these sessions but to build capacity I discussed ways what we had done during the session could be infused in the classroom during a reading or writing session. I also suggested ways the mystery bag could be adapted to suit any curriculum area or focus.
Here’s a close up of the LEGO tins (I bought them for $5 from KMart, they were filled with Marshmellows but I ditched those). The base plates are from the Warehouse, not the LEGO brand, much cheaper and the work perfectly.
I wonder what the kids will call me, today one said "I'm looking for the Apple Teacher"......and another said "Are you Mrs Maker?" ......funny.