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February - An Idea for Every Day Calendar

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It's nearly here - that month of cupids, presidents and groundhogs.  What's your favorite holiday in February?  Are you the type that lives for or dreads Valentine's day each year?  Me? I've always loved Valentine's.  I don't care if it really is just a holiday invented by greeting card companies to line their pockets in the Christmas to Easter slump.  For me, I'm all in.  Why?  Because love is always worth spreading around.  However, if you're not into Valentine's day, there are 28 other holidays to choose from this upcoming month.  Why not set a new tradition?  Sink your teeth into one of these: Above is only an image.  For a downloadable copy with clickable links, click here . We encourage you, for this month of February, to find one national day that piques your interest.  Just one.  Then, choose an appropriate activity for your learners and do it!  If you feel compelled, we would love to hear how it went.   Below, find some of the i

Victoria: The STEAM Team Technologist

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Your adventures with the STEAM Team continue as you meet Victoria today.  Previously, you met Silas , our scientist and now, meet our technologist. As you might recall, the purpose of the STEAM Team is to help learners conceive the importance of STEAM skills in a post-apocalyptic environment.  To plunge them into an environment where they must rise up and be the problem-solvers; there are no adults to tell them what to do or guide them along the way.  See how Victoria operates to do exactly that: Victoria was a Cogsworth.  In this age you didn’t get a last name unless you earned it.  Victoria was worth her weight in cogs.  It was an old saying.  One before the Bots ruined everything.  Somehow, they had held onto the words.  She was a Tech.  Technology was her thing. She had been eight when her ability to understand the technology of a thing came about.  Her ability to create and innovate technology came when she was nine.  Victoria was an elder in the eyes of most of the

Mission Born: Space Twins - Chapter 10

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Welcome to the tenth chapter of Mission Born: Space Twins.  If you're new to the story, or need to catch up, find the appropriate link here: Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Ready for lift off?  Strap in and commence the countdown.  Chapter 10 begins in 5 4 3 2 1                 As the door to El-4’s meeting room swished open, both Walter and Jess could see her sitting gracefully at the head of a massive table.  She beckoned them to come and take seats near her, in utter silence.  As they sat, and were about to open their mouths to speak, El-4 put up a warning with her index finger.  “You shall listen.”                 Jess seemed overly put out by this but refrained from saying anything that could get her in trouble with the people who had given her so much already.  Walter quietly nodded and waited.                 She began, “Before any of us were born, the Council rose to quas

Silas: The STEAM Team Scientist

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If you've been to Wolfe Stew before, you likely already met Silas.  But, in the process of remodeling, we needed  a special post dedicated just to him and his story to feature in the Reading Nook.   Have you seen it yet?  In this corner of Wolfe Stew, you'll find a quiet place to browse all our original literary creations.  Intrigued?  Head over and get cozy in the reading nook now. But, maybe you're only here because you want to meet this person named Silas.  Welcome!  You're in the right place!  His story lives here.  The Mr. created Silas and the STEAM Team for the purpose of making STEAM content accessible to daily life; to help learners visualize how the STEAM skills become essential in a post-apocalyptic world.  Each character in the STEAM Team possesses a different STEAM skillset. Silas is our scientist, and this is his story:          Silas was possibly the youngest doctor alive.  Since the average age of living humans was about 12 years old,

What's Your Dream?

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I don't know about you, but for me, long after watching  Pretty Woman,  these words resonate.  Soon, I find myself asking, "What is my dream?  Will it be one of the ones that come true?  Or does that only happen in Hollywood?" Friends, these are good questions (well, except for maybe the last) and it is important to have a dream.  To reach for something.  To keep making goals.  And to work for them.  It's what drives us.  What makes our feet keep hitting the pavement, keeps our coffee pot brewing and makes Monday mornings manageable.  So I ask of you today: "What is your dream?" Step One:  Brainstorm Go on.  List them.  Say them out loud.  Proclaim them to the world.  Take your time.  I'll be right here when you're ready. Step Two: Categorize Welcome back!  It feels good knowing you have a dream.  It gives us purpose and hope.  And, with the wise words that end  Pretty Woman  I agree: I think there are two types of dreams; but inste

January - An Idea for Every Day Calendar

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Calling all Leaders of Littles, Get it here!  Your completed edition of the  January - An Idea for Every Day Calendar  is now hot off the press and ready for printing, pinning, paper-clipping, or bookmarking for your planning needs. This is only a graphic.  For active links on calendar, click here . Ideas for Use New to the Idea for Every Day Calendar?  No problem.  The intention of this calendar is to supply you with a menu of activities to engage your learners this January.  We chose a National Day for every day in January and selected complementary link pairings for academic tie-ins so you can celebrate every day with your littles.   That being said, please don't view this calendar as another item in a long line of to-do's, but more a gathering of ideas.  Browse the menu and choose activities that ignite your heart, fit with your curriculum, or excite your learners.  Or, make it accessible while planning.  Then, should a gap arise that needs filling, se

Mission Born: Space Twins - Chapter 9

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Friends, We are back with the ninth chapter of, "Mission Born: Space Twins!"  If you have yet to meet the twins, or if you need to catch up, find all previous chapters at the appropriate link below: Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 If, however, you're wondering what lies in wait at this asteroid base, read on, dear friends, read on.                 “You know, Jess…   The more I hear our story, I start to see a major problem.   Something is happening in this universe that is not the way they taught us back on Earth.”   Walter looked over at her with a head tilted in thought, from one of the two simple chairs in the plain gray bunkroom.                   “You mean like nuthin’?   ‘Cause that’s what they taught us Wally.   An’ this end o’ the universe seems crazy!   The Council is up to sumthin’, it don’t look good neither….”   Jess shrugged and leaned over the caution-painted side of the bunk.