Our MVCS Makerspace

What is a Makerspace? A makerspace is a place where students can gather to create, invent, tinker, explore and discover using a variety of tools and materials.

Why have a Makerspace? You can read online about many, many benefits of including a makerspace in your school. A few important reasons include teaching basic problem solving, building perseverance, engaging minds, encouraging questions, providing connections between lessons and the real world, practicing inquiry, solving meaningful problems through engineering design, and much more!

Our Makerspace dream is gradually coming true, box by box and paper towel tube by paper towel tube! So many have pitched in to help us take the next step in having an ALIVE Makerspace, such as the summer crew clearing out the science room and student volunteers helping to sort and label bins of recyclables. It now offers tables or a lovely open area for building projects, as well as a whole array of interesting recyclables from which to choose during STEM activities. We hope that you will hear lots of STEM excitement coming from this room from now on. Thank You, Lord, for providing for us!

*Student volunteers Benjamin, Karis, and Martha sorted piles of recyclables into labeled bins to organize our Makerspace this summer.

*As part of his Boy Scout environmental project, former student Wesley Stocken recruited the 2nd/3rd graders to spearhead increased “reusing” throughout our school. Over the summer, he also trained 5th graders Brooke and Autumn to lead a biography puppet project that incorporates reusables in decorating the puppets.

*Wesley coached the 2nd/3rd on reusing and put his instruction into action by helping them create a giant Makerspace sign made with reused items.


*Here students are using the Makerspace for STEM marble run challenges.

Caught Me By Surprise

Every day these brainy thinkers wow me.  Here’s one of today’s clever moments.

During a morning meeting thinking game, for one category of the game, I said an idiom and the students had to pass the ball to another person who told what the idiom really means.

I said, “You’ve left me in the dark.”

Brainy child replied, “I am not quite sure what you mean, but it’s on the tip of my tongue.”

Just one of the delightful moments brought to you by the second and third graders today!

Worthy of All Praise

In Bible this week, we tackled systematic theology using The Ologya “beginner’s theology book to help young people understand who God is and how we, as his children, relate to Him.”

Delving into the attributes of God each day, we ended the week reflecting on all we had learned by writing our own prayers of praise based on the long list of attributes each person had collected all week.  Here are snippets from each young worshiper’s writing, a glimpse into their hearts toward God that touched me deeply.

Sylvie:  Kind, powerful, wonderful, everlasting Father!  God knows everything.  He is perfect.  He is the most high King!

Keziah:  I love you because You are amazing, You are perfect, and You made me!  You are abundant in love.

Benjamin:  God you care so much about us that You gave us Your own Son.

Jackson:  You are wonderful and all-knowing.  You are our Defender and our Foundation.  You are my God!

Nathaniel:  You are holy, and I am so glad that You came because I would not have come to Heaven.  I think that You are so cool that You can even tell exactly when a whale eats something because You know everything!  You are a Guardian to us because we are weak.

Micah:  You are pure, holy, wonderful, the Miracle Maker.  You give us what we need.  You are King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  You are the Circle.

Nico:  God, I love You because You are perfect.  You are WOW!

Nevaeh: Thank you for forgiving me.  You are just, everlasting, mighty, and You heal the broken-hearted.  You bandage their wounds.  You are holy, never-ending, and pure.  Thank You for giving people the Holy Spirit.

Owen:  You are so great because you can make things in one second.  You can forgive anyone.  You know everything.  You are mega!

Audrey:  Oh, Lord, I sing to You!  Praise You!  Praise You!  You are trustworthy and alive.  Wow!  Wow!  Almighty Lord, I sing to You!

Natalie:  God of glory, exalted in every nation.  Universe Creator, God of everything, we praise You.  You are the Alpha and Omega.  You are the Alive Agenda, planning everything and knowing everything that ever will happen so we can look to You.

Timothy:  I know You are holy.  I will never turn away from You.  You love me and everyone in the world.  You are faithful!

Nathan:  God, I love You because You made us.  You love us too!  You made us to love You.  We give love forever to You!

Amen.

 

 

 

Nothing

“What did you learn about in school today?”

“Nothing.”

Today is the one and only day EVER that these students are allowed to say this to their families while they are in my class.  Because we did indeed learn about nothing!

A few of their ideas about what the Bible says about nothing:

***God created out of nothing!  “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.”  Psalm 33:6

***“”Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?”  Nothing!  Jeremiah 32:27

***”For nothing is impossible with God.”  Luke 1:37

***”For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 8:38-39

So yes, we learned about NOTHING!

Oh, How We Love to Read!

I often post on our blog about Donalyn Miller’s books, The Book Whisperer and Reading in the Wild, chatting about lifelong reading habits.  Here is one example of a “wild reader”.  Natalie’s mom said, “Are you smiling as we did to see Natalie faithfully doing her chicken chores all while keeping her book in hand?”  Yes!

We are not just readers.  We are PASSIONATE readers.

One of my friends from the National Writing Project, previous NH Teacher of the Year Angie Miller, is spending a year teaching high school in Costa Rica.  She has been inspiring her students with reading workshop, and they are catching fire.  They came up with the idea of adding each book they finish to window graffiti in their room, and I asked if we could steal their idea to add to our medley of book celebrations.  We hope to trade photos with them as the year goes on even though they are older students because being a lifelong reader makes us joyous companions no matter our ages.

What are some of the ways you grab moments here and there to add reading to your day?  Even very busy “wild readers” find ways, just as Natalie did in the chicken yard.  I have numerous books of all kinds going all the time, and I stash them everywhere, such as one in the car, one in my carry bag, one in the bathroom, a pile at my school desk and home desk, . . . . Then I grab a minute to read another chapter wherever I might be.

Read on!