Our New Entrant team of four classes have been lucky enough to be the first learners to experience our new space. I chose the picture book ‘In my heart - a book of feelings’ by Jo Witek as an igniter. I set up 4 challenge stations - STEAM based. The science station included an iPad and a Magnifying device and a raft of ‘discovery’ objects, the Technolgy/Engineering station was creating paper roll people, the Art challenge station also involved sewing (they learnt blanket stitch) while making puffy paper hearts and the Maths challenge was a Duplo station. Every station had key understandings and a list of words or questions for learners to consider (to develop language and build relationships with peers). Each station had a feelings focus eg make someone that you love and talk about how they make you feel. I changed the 'puffy heart' art activity for this afternoons group as they were a bigger class and I knew I wouldn't have as much time for one on one so I added a 'paper plate' heart sewing activity - when they learnt the concept of up, over, under and through (all great directional language for their next visit when we add a coding station).
Our space is already evolving with use as I realize our littlies just cant reach all the way over our big bench unit. I've aded one more very low table and are using the lily pads so that students can kneel (or stand if they choose to) at it (I'll move this out when I have the seniors as we will need the extra space). Having the furniture on wheels was such a great decision as the space is fluid and can be reset with ease. We had an open session for parents today as part of our ‘meet the teacher’ event, it was great to share with Whanau and celebrate the journey so far. So many lovely thankyous and sharing of stories of how engaged and motivated their children are to spend time in the Makerspace.
Lunchtime Lego and art (chill out sessions) have also started this week.
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.