Designing an outdoor play and learning space

Dr Klemm led the design of an outdoor play and learning space at a new school in UAE. As an educator who has worked with schools, invented learning tools, programs and activities, she was approved as the consultant by administrators and teachers.

One of the design drawings presented illustrates the types of typical equipment and layout of one area of the outdoor play and learning space.
Activities using the equipment were developed for teachers to better use the equipment as an outdoor space for their curriculum. Since most teachers create or use curriculum within the interior of the school, this training is critical to ensure that the outdoor space is used as planned and that they add to the possibilities.

Dr. Klemm spoke at the 2019 TX STEM conference in San Antonio assisting schools with the design-thinking and learning-thinking steps and pitfalls inherent in such an endeavor. There are political, physical and learning issues involved in such an assignment.

If you are considering doing something at your school, please contact for ideas as to how to begin the journey.

The Globe Celebrates the Common New Year

 

NumbersAlive! hopes you all have a wonderful transition from 2017 to 2018.

As 2018 begins, consider how the change in the year utilizes numbers in an understood global manner   How and why did this happen?  Many cultures have their own calendars, but the world celebrates the new year with the same numbering system.  Among the numbers 0-9, 8 is happy to replace 7, who hung on as long as possible as part of time’s name.  Like the US presidency, the transition should be smooth.   Numbers are part of every discipline/concept necessary for transforming young children into citizens

Geometry should be linked to numbers and our efforts to do so created Number Linx which was named the best invention of North America at the iCAN invited inventor conference in Toronto last August.

We are here to help all educators, parents and children understand what math is about and where it came from.   We are focused on such questions and embrace historic and forward-thinking fundamentals to make math meaningful and real.  Being everywhere you look we use actual photos, locations, quotes, etc. to demonstrate its usefulness.  We encourage learners of all ages to observe, discuss, design, create, and make math!  How and why were the systems we use today developed?

 

Happy Holidays –Celebrate as You Will

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrate As You Will

Winter’s often cold and snowy,
But winter holidays are always showy.

You might decorate a Christmas tree.
Or set a blaze of Chanukah lights.
Place clean boots for Santa on your porch,
Or pay respects at religious sites.

No holiday is better or best,
They are times for family, reflection, and rest.
No matter which holiday you call your own,
We hope it brings joy, more than you’ve ever known.

Although Christmas takes center stage in the United State, it’s not the only holiday Americans celebrate in December and January.

Christmas around the world

You all know that many Americans celebrate Christmas on December 25 by decorating a fine spruce, sharing a fine meal, and opening their first present either on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning.

But in Germany, Christmas revelers place clean boots by the front door on December 5 for Santa to fill with nuts, sweets, and small presents.

In Italy, kids eagerly await January 6, the day in ancient times when the three Wise Men arrived at Bethlehem and gave Jesus gold, incense, and myrrh. Today, Italian boys and girls believe a good old witch named “Befana,” leaves gifts for them.

Kwanzaa
Kwanzaa, created in the 1960s in response to racial strife in the U.S., celebrates the African American culture and community. The holiday’s seven days, which begin December 26 and end on January 1, centers around seven values – unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. Each night, family and friends gather to light candles, feast, and talk about how each person can make the world a better place.

Chanukah

In early/mid December, Jews celebrate Chanukah by lighting a nine-candle the menorah, which symbolizes the miracle of faith. For eight nights, Jews light the menorah, exchange presents, and spin the dreidel, a gambling game for chocolate-covered coins called “gelt.”

Japanese New Year

It’s called ‘Omisoka,” and Japanese families celebrate it on December 31, the last day of the year. People clean their homes and remove clutter to welcome in the new year with a metaphorical clean slate. Family and friends feast together and often watch a nation-wide New Year’s talent competition until the countdown to midnight, when temples toll their bells.

If you have a copy of our The 12 Notes of Christmas, watch the entire film during the holidays that links each day 0 (Christmas Day) to 12 (Jan 6, Twelfth Night) as the numbers travel the world to create a musical band to celebrate Shakespeare’s 400+ legacy at the opening of Twelfth Night in the Globe Theatre.  Learn instrument design linked to the day 0-12 as well as history and holiday food in each global location.  Animated for kids and information for all ages.  The mashup of the 12 Days of Christmas song and Twelfth Night by Shakespeare takes its goal from Duke Orsino’s line from the play, “If music be the food of love, play on!”

Check out the shop to order a film as it is great for the entire holiday season.  The price is free but there is a $4.95 shipping charge for any total order.

Corresponding discussion questions are available at www.numbersalive.org/documents/12notes.pdf

Celebrate the holidays as you will!

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