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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

April 28, Lisa's Musings (on kids doing fun stuff) and Every Day Life

I was invited to Pattengill Elementary School today.

To Susan Beech's class where they were making cool stuff out of old junk.

Well, mostly old stuff, most of it would have either been tossed or recycled.

Susan will tell you she's a bit of a pack rat and for good reason -- because she comes up with all these really cool ideas for her classroom.

With a little help from books in the public library.

Today, the students made pencil holders from old tin cans and donated rulers, bean bags from scrap fabric and old beans, and decoupage glass jars.

Previously, they made tin can stilts from cans grabbed from the school cafeteria.

And although the kids don't really understand all the physics behind the stuff they made, the activities are setting the stage for math and science concepts of the future.

Since the story won't run until next week, I couldn't wait to preview some of the cool photos I took today.

And, as readers know, math is not my strong suit.

Perhaps if I'd had a math teacher like Susan Beech when I was in third grade, my life would have been a lot different.

Then again, I might have chosen a whole different career path and you wouldn't be reading this.

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Anonymous Sue Beech said...

Thanks for the great blog entry. The kids will be excited to see themselves on the web. I had such a great time helping the students learn how to saw, and sew, and to make something cool out of trash. Thanks to all the parents who donated their recycles, and volunteered.

April 29, 2010 at 4:27 PM  

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