Pre-K Explores Tunnels in Their Makerspace

Pre-K students read the book "Inside My Imagination" by Marta Arteaga and Zuzanne Celej, and asked our students what is imagination? Here is what they said; imagination is: “make-believe”, “pretend to be something or someone," “something you make up in your mind," “think of stuff no one else thinks of." All great ideas! We asked Alexa; she said; “imagination is the faculty of imagining or forming images or concepts that is something that is not present in the senses” and lastly, we asked Siri and she said; “imagination is the ability to produce and simulate novel objects, peoples and ideas in the mind." Prior to having this discussion, only a few of our children thought they had imagination. Once we understood the concept, we all agreed that we all have (some) imagination. We added to our knowledge 3 different notions that we will continuously use in our Makerspace; Think, Imagine, Make. At the tables, the children used their thinking skills and imagination to make something using playdough and toothpicks. Some of the things they made were; robots, buildings, towers, birthday cakes, dragons, flowers, etc.

In addition, we talked about different ways of getting to school. We opened this discussion by asking our students; how do you get to school? This opened a more detailed conversation about maps and navigation systems. We learned about the 4 cardinal directions; north, south, east and west. We now know that we live in the south Florida which is on the east coast of the United States. We noted that our beaches are east of the state but in California, the beaches are on the west side of the state. We used a map of the world to locate the 7 continents and some countries such as Canada, Israel, Mexico, China, Colombia and Venezuela. We
learned that there are 7.7 billion people in the world. Using different navigation systems such as MapQuest, Google Maps and Waze we traveled through different places. We know that we can get to different places using different ways of transportation taking into consideration, distance and preference. Next week we will experience with Google Virtual Institute where we will take virtual tours of different places. Lastly, we worked in teams as we created tunnels using a very intricate engineering toy which at first, we did not know how to use, once we problem solved, we created tunnels. Here is some evidence of their work.