Women Supporting Women 👊🏽

Today I had the joy of presenting at a local elementary for their International Women’s Day celebration. This invite was extended and accepted by 17 women in our community, to showcase their expertise, creativity, and leadership (and science). 😊

I went to showcase my new, small, and growing business, KPQ Creations, a business I run with my mom and sister, where we use our creativity to make items with fabric and paper. (Below is a picture from a recent craft event)

This International Women’s Day event was created and organized by Quincey Rowe, a leader and role model inside and outside the classroom.

Students, K-5, were able to visit our booths, learn, ask questions, and interact with us. This was organized around the gym, and students were given 1/2 sheets that had a grid of options to explore. I was unable to leave my booth to play and learn, but a friend captured the explorations on my phone. 🙏

I hope to be able to participate next year. Perhaps I will share what it is like to run a website, and encourage students to explore and share their passions. ❤️ I also cannot wait to see this event grow, not only locally, but across schools.

Inspired? I hope so. You can start today for next year’s event. 😀

Thanks Quincey, for the opportunity and the inspiration! ❤️

Happy International Women’s Day!

—Kalynda

To learn more about my small business KPQ Creations and our inventory, see our public Facebook album page, by clicking HERE. I hope to bring this business to new levels this year (maybe even Etsy, so stay tuned).

Science Sites for Education: February 29, 2020 Highlights

Recently I added a page to this website called, Science Sites for Education. If you click on that tab, you will learn about my Facebook page, where I share sites that I have learned about that have the potential to positively impact the K-12+ science classroom. My goal is to post a site a day, but some weeks are more successful than others. This week I successfully posted a site a day, and I created a PDF highlights those posts. You can find that PDF HERE.

Visit HERE to access the PDF

If you like these site shares, be sure to “like” my Facebook page, and share it, and this labor of love, with your colleagues and friends.

Thank You and Happy Learning!

–Kalynda

Hour of Code: Prep Time

Organize an Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week, December 9th-15th.

Source: Hour of Code

There are many ways to get your class, grade level team, content area team, and school involved. Here are some of those ways/resources:

  • Code.org
    • This site has resources for students and teachers (divided by elementary, middle, and high school). It also has background knowledge about the event, and ways to help promote it.
  • Computer Science Education Week: Hour of Code
    • This site has a walk-through video about the Hour of Code, tips for teachers, and a link for Hour of Code tutorials.
  • Hour of Code
    • This site has activities, how-tos, and ways to promote it.
Click HERE for this link.

What is another way to get started and prepared for an Hour of Code???

You could read a book 🙂

Like this one:

OR….

OR…

Check out other great STEM Picture Books on Amazon.

Whichever way you approach the Hour of Code, your students will be glad you did. 🙂

Happy Coding!

–Kalynda

Preparing for the Holidays?

How about giving the gift that gives this season?

You might be thinking I mean books…and if so, you are both right and not completely right. 🙂

The other night I went out to celebrate my friend’s birthday. The days leading up to that night, I kept thinking about what I could give her as a gift. It couldn’t just be anything for this longtime friend. I wanted to give a gift that was her, a person who not only gives so much of herself, but also has a passion for books.

Hmmm.

Then…BOOM, of course…a donation of books for those that are in need of them. I am surprised by how long it took me to come up with this idea. My boyfriend and I have been giving each other (and some family members) gifts where we donate, in their name, to an organization that supports a cause they are passionate about. We have been doing this for quite some time, because truly, although we have needs, and often a tight budget to fulfill those needs, we deeply know that we have enough. This isn’t the case for all.

The organization I decided on for my dear friend is called Project Night Night.

Click HERE to access their site to learn more.

Project Night Night helps “homeless children have sweeter dreams” by providing them a package that has “a new security blanket, an age- appropriate children’s book, and a stuffed animal — all nestled inside of a new canvas tote bag” (see above photo). They have donated over 25,000 Night Night packages each year! LOVE!

I found their organization (and many others) through a simple Google search. My search brought me to a post by Chronicle Books that lists “17 US-Based Charities That Put Books in the Hands of Children”.

Click HERE to access this post.

The gift was received warmly and I am so glad that I was able to give and to find this site.

I know I will be giving the gift of books again many times over, and this list will help me…and I hope it also helps you give the gift that gives…for any occasion.

Happy Giving!

–Kalynda

#teamtrees

Have you heard about #teamtrees? If not, it is my joy to share this invitation to participate and to help.

Click HERE for the link to donate.

YouTuber MrBeast started this invitation movement to make a positive environmental impact, by raising funds to plant 20 million trees around the globe. With $1 per tree, his efforts have spread and individuals, and classrooms, like my 8th grade science class, have joined in and donated. You can learn a bit more from this video by Inside Edition:

Click HERE to access the video.

Want to get your class involved?

A great way to start the class brainstorming session is to start with a read aloud. Below are some of my favorites:

Click HERE to purchase on Amazon.

This was one of the books I purchased through a grant I wrote for an elementary school, to increase their access to stories that share science identities. You can read more about that grant from my post Books on Display. And my follow-up post New Science-Themed Picture Books on Display.

Some additional great reads for your classroom, to help start your own #teamtrees donation are:

Click HERE to purchase on Amazon.
Click HERE to purchase on Amazon.

This story, Planting the Trees of Kenya, was on of my past featured books. To learn more about the science, literacy, and science identity connections of this book, please see that blog post by clicking HERE.

Happy Fund Raising!

#teamtrees!

–Kalynda

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