Thursday, October 12, 2023

Children’s learning through design

I love creating engaging resources for students. Bringing creative design thinking into the classroom is something that is that little bit extra fun for me. Also, I know the value of introducing young students to design problem-solving tasks and how much fun it is! Designing and planning is something that can benefit all students. Students who usually take part and perform at lower levels might find these activities not only engaging and fun but they may also learn and grow in their confidence. 

When using design in the classroom or at home it is important to give the students space and time to explore and ponder. Support them to develop their creativity while designing  a Haunted House - perfect project for October. A willingness to explore is important when using design activities. These type of activities provide students with a chance to imagine the world from multiple perspectives.

Looking for information and using this information to design an animal habitat, healthy grocery store, doctor or dentist’s office  create a rich learning opportunity where students can use a range of interesting materials to build stunning displays. They might explore novel and exciting ways to use materials when building, creating and decorating various spaces for humans as well as animals. Stimulate your students' development by providing a range of materials and topics where they can playfully learn about the world. 

Check out my architect fact booklet and my holiday design projects - designing Christmas,  New Year’s Day or the Day of the Dead (El Dia de los Muertos Ofrenda). Let your students discover the joy of creating and designing this fall! 

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Sunday, October 1, 2023

Looking for Fresh Ideas?

October is such a great month and I have picked a couple of exciting activities to make this fall extra special.  Our students are settling down to routines and procedures, which means that you can plan some fun activities and embrace this glorious month. 

Some students love measuring pumpkins and counting the seeds in apples. But some students love learning about spooky things. You can combine this love of spooky things with learning about animals. Students will enjoy learning about animals and if you introduce them into the activities the interest in the tasks soars. The October animals are unique and even spooky. Bats and spiders might be scary but they are also fascinating creatures that provide inspiration for research, story writing and drawing. 

Make sure that your students learn all the drawing tricks so that they can decorate their work and your classroom with spooky animals, witches, ghosts, and haunted houses. Designing a haunted house is one of the most popular Halloween activities. Students develop several important skills apart from having lots of fun when they plan and decide how to build a haunted house. There are two different templates to choose from so it is easy to differentiate the learning. 

Get your students excited about reading and writing using a Write the Room activity. The included mini word wall can be used during writing and reading. The word wall contains an array of useful words for October's spooky classroom.  

Have a thrilling, creative and fun October! 

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