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  • 21 Jul

    What are we growing in Colorado? – Kodo’s Preschool Garden

    Spring and Summer always signal to early childhood educators, gardeners, and farmers of all sorts that planting should be underway! Gardening is one of the greatest sensory preschool activities that allows children to develop an understanding of their natural world. What do you think we’re growing here at Kodo headquarters? Hint: It’s not what your […]

  • 14 Jul

    STEM Outdoor Play Ideas: Birds, Bricks, and Heart-Shaped Rocks

    A Little Birdie Told Me No matter our location; the city, the suburbs, the country, or oceanside, we see and hear birds. Children spot them all the time and are often curious about them. How many classroom science centers include a nest – Many!!! Our little feathered friends perch in the trees, fly overhead, cast […]

  • 26 Jun

    Celebrate International Mud Day

    From experience we know the following to be true about a Mud Day Celebration: •  You’ll need lots of space, lots of sandy dirt and water, lots of clean clothes standing by, and a really good sporting attitude! •  Things are going to get messy – you’ll get messy, too. •  Worth repeating, things are […]

  • 25 Jun

    STEM Teaching Reflections : Girls and Boys with Toys

    There’s been a recent buzz about girls with toys, boys with toys and the proportional disequilibrium of women as compared to men in scientific fields. What began as an off-handed remark, snowballed into a virtual conversation that has many educators asking how they can build a foundation for STEM subjects and adequately support scientific inquiry and […]

  • 25 Jun

    Tinker Thinking Part III – Ramp Play

    The use of the phrase, happy accident, has pretty much gone out of fashion. None the less, for Jocelyn and Logan those words aptly describe their experience. This pair of pre-k children have known one another for two years and have been playing with ramps for about a year and a half. They are helpful […]

  • 23 Mar

    Tinker Thinking Part II – Building Bridges for Kids

    It’s winter in Colorado and the children are enjoying the sunny day and some much needed time outdoors. Logan invites his friends to build something with him. His plan includes using outdoor ramps, which each of the children carry out of the storage shed and into the yard. With a little bit of help from […]

  • 24 Feb

    Tinker Thinking Part I – Critical Thinking in the Classroom

    Children do it all the time. They change, add, and rearrange classroom materials to suit their play. They remove materials, make adjustments, and combine things to support their ideas and play scripts. This happens daily, within moments, and all because something works or doesn’t work. Children do this very quickly; they modify, adapt, try things […]

  • 04 Feb

    How to Make Open-Ended Play Not Be Overwhelming

    Occasionally I find myself talking with teachers who are frustrated because their children don’t use our materials as they are “intended”. They tell me stories of children using ramps for making flat roads in the block area or using them upside down with trains instead of right side up with balls. I’ve heard of the […]

  • 23 Dec

    Systems Thinking and the Complexity of Kodo Products

    Ramblings from Chris Systems Thinking is a term describing the thought process around understanding how interwoven parts or events act together to make a whole. An example of this is an engine in which many parts work together to produce a rotating drive shaft. Understanding these complex systems takes two things: 1) an independent comprehension […]

  • 09 Sep

    Kenneth Wesson on Asking Children Questions

    Many of you reading this know that I’m a parent. Every school year I attempt to pry information out of my son about his experience in school. This usually goes about as well as a novice opening a clamshell for the first time. I usually start with something like, “Anything interesting happen in school today?” […]