Summer break might be in full swing, but teachers are still busy making plans to make this school year the best one ever. One of the hot trends for classroom decorating this year will be the cactus theme. Yes, southwestern decor is back in a big way, and cactuses a fun part of that trend. I had a blast decorating a classroom and creating a classroom door theme with lots of different cacti to give … [Read more...] about Cactus Themed Classroom Decor
Education is full of lots of acronyms, and one of the most buzzed about abbreviations being used in the last few years is STEAM. That's not a typo! Most everyone is familiar with STEM by now, but STEAM is...uh...catching steam. What do all these letters mean and what what is the difference between STEM and STEAM? Let's find out. What Is the Difference Between STEM and STEAM? STEM is an … [Read more...] about What’s the Difference Between STEM and STEAM?
STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) education is more than just a buzzword. STEAM is shaping what we teach and the way we teach. I recently touched on how STEAM education enhances student learning, and followed that up with ideas for how to budget for STEAM activities. Whether you are new to this style of instruction or a seasoned pro, the hunt for great activities is always … [Read more...] about Top 10 STEAM Focused Blogs for Teachers
STEM has been an integral part of education for nearly a decade. The letters STEM stand for science, technology, engineering, and math. These subject areas are part of the fastest growing career fields in the world, and educational leaders have wisely chosen to make these topics core areas of study in order to prepare students for the future. Recently there has been a push to expand the focus of … [Read more...] about The Importance of STEAM in the Classroom
What to keep in mind when designing and coordinating a group crafting project. It's no secret that crafting is a staple of primary education. Crafting teaches children valuable lessons in creative thinking, problem solving and how to follow a process from start to finish. Not only that, crafting helps children develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination - and it's a fun way to use up … [Read more...] about Getting Crafty with Kids
How to plan age-appropriate craft projects that are both fun and challenging. Children grow at different rates, both physically and mentally. Those of the same age often have varying degrees of development in fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, critical thinking and problem solving. Each of these variables can factor into a child's educational fulfillment with, and enjoyment of, a … [Read more...] about Choosing Age-Appropriate Craft Projects