My father had some pretty cool tools. All hand tools of course, no power tools. I think my understanding of hands-on learning and how I teach young children stemmed from his hand tools. One of my favorites was this tape measurer. The case is leather, and the brass knob that lifts out and reels the tape back into the case is something I always loved. Feeling and using hand tools is wonderful.
Here I am, using the tape measurer:
Honestly, I cannot wait to bring this treasure into my classroom and show children how to use it. We will measure everything. I know each child will want to reel in the tape. When the tool is cool, learning happens. Math will be #1, but what about history? Leather tools? September and the new school year, here I come!