Next Step Creates & Develops
With a team that includes visionaries, teachers, an artist, a counselor and a scientist, we have a big wheelhouse for making something from… well, whatever we start with.
Next Step uses a unique blend of fun, mindfulness, creativity, evaluation, intuition, and effectiveness as a framework for developing resources, activities and experiences that enhance lives.
With a broad array of products and resources we’ve worked on, here’s a list to help you jump to some of the projects we’ve created, and developed. And continue to create and develop.
Mindfulness & Movement Activities
We started with using centering breath at the beginning of Leadership Development workshops at Drake University. Mindfulness spread to our families, and then to kids’ classes, and then we developed the first set of activity Cards.
- Mindfulness & Movement Activity Cards–
- Content for the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s own Mindfulness and Movement cards for student athletes
We’re always looking for opportunities to spread the word about how mindfulness and movement can improve our lives, and the way we are in the world. Join us; it’s a movement.
Do you need some new ideas to get going? Or settle down? Or focus?
Home Learning Resources
When COVID19 deep sixed three major Next Step events, we thought we had come to the end of the journey. But as we watched the pandemic unfold, and parents were challenged to work from home AND educate their kids, we thought, Hey! We have something to offer! So, we got to work and developed and collected a bunch of activities and lessons, each designed for ANYONE to lead with kids. They’re loosely gathered into these four categories:
During the process, we developed print-and-go activities for several organizations’ clientele, and they’re available right here on our website. Most are fun, hands-on activities that don’t require a lot of supplies or know-how. Try them out. They’re great!
Is it overwhelming to bring more hands-on experiences into your teaching?
Farm to School Curriculum
Just like most Iowans, Next Step team members don’t have to look too far back to find roots in agriculture. Martha spent her best summers on her grandparents’ farm, learning to milk the cow, and helping make hay.
Sara’s family moved back to help with the family farm, and Sara is working with her dad on trying new, environmentally friendly and sustainable practices. We know farms are where our food come from. NOT the grocery store, at least not initially. Here are some of the resources we’ve developed to teach kids the connection between food and farming:
- Teachers Going Green
- A Garden for Every School
- Waukee Schools science curriculum review
And this is the “short list.” If you’re working in the field of farm to school, or school gardening, you’re likely to run into Shelly or Sara from Next Step Adventure.
Looking for ways to teach kids where food comes from?
Nutrition & Health Lessons
We LOVE food! Throughout her career at ISU Extension, Martha created, developed and managed nutrition education programs. And now Next Step continues the work. Here are some of the projects where we promote good health through good food–
And this is the “short list.” If you work with nutrition and health, farm to school or school gardening, you’ll likely hear about Shelly or Sara from Next Step Adventure.
Looking for ways to teach kids (and grownups) about gardening and nutrition?
Curriculum Alignment with Educational Standards
So many outstanding lessons and teaching activities exist. Aligning them with the Iowa Academic Standards gets them into classrooms. Our team of teachers know the standards inside and out. We can easily connect your content with academics taught in every classroom.
Connecting hand-on learning to academic studies is what we do. Contact Sara or Shelly from Next Step Adventure to learn more.
Do you need some help wading through lessons and standards and getting them to line up?
Content for Promotional Materials
The way to reach kids, families, and communities is to think like them. That’s what we do best! We created a printable Family Fun Pack for Travel Iowa complete with games, activities, and picnic ideas. For Choose Iowa we developed learning activities and eye-catching posters to promote local foods in schools.
Connecting with kids, families, and communities is one of our superpowers. Contact Shelly or Sara at Next Step Adventure to learn more.