December is a time for giving back to our community. This month, the students tied fleece blankets to donate to Project Linus. Project Linus is a non-profit organization that gives sick children in our local hospitals blankets to take home. It was a good project for the younger students to learn how to tie knots - the first step to tying shoes. We made a total of 37 blankets of all sizes!
The end result was a lovely bow-tie or hair bow for our Kinders and 1st graders. The older kids got to make bows and flowers. Would I do it again? Not willingly! The duct tape is really difficult to work with - very unforgiving. We ended up doing most of the work for our younger students and they just sat and watched. I didn't find this to be a meaningful, learning experience for those children. The older kids had more freedoms - definitely a project for 3rd grade and up!
I'm the librarian at Fern Bluff Elementary. We're piloting a Maker Space in the library this year. Maker Spaces, STEAM labs and fab labs are popping up in schools across the country. Maker Spaces provide hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they deeply engage in science, engineering and tinkering.I'm going to share what works and what doesn't.