Prekindergarten Class Becomes Fixer Uppers!

Posted: May 9, 2017

As part of their year-long study of building, prekindergarten students in Kate Shirk's classroom have had many exciting opportunities to explore the topic, research the answers to their questions and ask the experts, including Chip Gaines from HGTV's Fixer Upper.

The children toured a construction site, created structures out of clay, learned about electricity from a KCP&L representative and visited with a homeowner who was having renovation work done.

They applied all of their newfound knowledge to a fixer upper project on a dollhouse owned by principal Pamela Robb. Hosting their own Demo Day, the children learned to use simple tools, take up carpet and transform three small rooms into two larger ones with the help of Teckle Teame of the school's facilities department.

Through this process, they sought help from Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV's Fixer Upper. The children sent a video to the Gaines asking for their advice on several topics including roofing, electricity, playroom colors and what happens to materials that are taken out of homes during demolition.

The children were excited to Skype with Chip on Friday, May 5. During the session, he answered many of their questions and encouraged them to repurpose as many materials as possible. He explained how roofing shingles fit on top of each other. When asked what colors are best suited for playrooms, he told them his team of designers thought yellows and oranges were the best colors, and the students agreed!

Chip also explained how he and the show's team developed the idea for the large photo they use to reveal the newly-renovated homes featured in their show.

The conversation concluded with the class saying a big Thank You to Chip and his crew!

Last Updated: May 24, 2017