From puns to personification, young readers tuning in to the Buttons & Figs podcasts will develop a love of all the amazing things they can do with words. Wordplay helps children make sense of the world by allowing them the freedom to play with meaning, sounds, and ideas. It is a way to inspire children to think critically and express creatively. Each Buttons & Figs podcast features some form of wordplay inspired by a book, song, or poem. Occasionally nonsense artists share writing and wordplay advice for children, but mainly listeners will hear original children’s wordplay writing and be invited to participate in a wordplay recording challenge. Children can listen to the podcasts for free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or SoundCloud.
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and maker education are viewed and defined differently no matter where you go. To me, the focus of any work in my STEM classes or in my makerspace is on the process and not the product. But STEM shouldn’t be viewed as a “special class” or a separate subject. There are ways to integrate STEM education and making throughout the school year and in every subject.
Parents and children will find a wide variety of engaging camp activities to take part in when they dive into Camp Wonderopolis. Some of the activities revolve around STEM-field careers, others are designed to boost literacy and comprehension, and still others to help foster and improve critical thinking and creativity in young minds.
Readers who long imagined themselves in Harry Potter’s world have a chance to immerse themselves in another fictional universe created by J.K. Rowling. The author is releasing The Ickabog, a new story for young readers, for free online.