Projects I'm Proud Of
It's not a challenge to convince kids that ancient flying reptiles are cool. But, inspiring them to see connections between beak form and hunting behaviors; ask questions about the mechanics of flight across mammals, birds, and flying reptiles; and imagine they are paleontologists on a dig, carefully picking through toothpick-sized fossil bones? Now, that's a challenge I'm up for. Arizona Museum of Natural History asked me to create activity pages and write-ups about ontogeny and the evolution of flight to accompany the exhibition Rulers of the Prehistoric Skies.
Early childhood educators range from prekindergarten to second grade. Co-creating this packet of activities to promote musical play for the Musical Instrument Museum reminded me that educators are not only working with children, but are accountable to parents and caregivers as well. Creating language and resources that these educators could wield when working with parents and administrators was fun and challenging. Sounds All Around is one of my favorite projects.