Newsletter/Video Archive: STEAM...
(Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts & Math)

 

If you think about all the possibilities for learning on rainy days, maybe you, too, will find that it’s not so hard to turn those into beautiful days in your neighborhood! You might even end up “singin’ in the rain!”

When you realize how important spatial relations words are for all kinds of learning, I have a hunch that you’ll be more intentional about using them – and that you’ll find more places in the day to use them with the children.

When you’re resourceful, you’re showing children that just by using ideas, we can turn something ordinary into something extraordinary.

These are just some of the many ways we can show children that numbers “count” for something. By bringing numbers to life for children we’ll be helping them lay the foundation for “math thinking” -- one step at a time!

Children are like little scientists trying to figure out how the world works. Their ideas may be way off-base or their questions might be distracting when you’re focused on a different idea or lesson plan.

I hope you'll keep looking for ways to translate STEM concepts into everyday language -- and STEM experiences into everyday learning. You might just find that it's not as "new" as you once thought. It's everywhere -­in the children's lives and ours.

Whatever level of technology is appropriate or available in your setting, I thought you might be interested to know about some ideas I’ve heard from teachers who are connecting “screen” time and human interaction.

Focusing on “science” with young children doesn’t have to be about major scientific concepts. Wondering and asking is part of “developmentally-appropriate” science in early childhood! Let’s encourage children to be curious about things in their everyday world.

In our “Let’s Explore” workshop, we show how children can get more involved with nature when they have a simple tool – like a magnifying glass. Watch the video and see how much children can get from some time outdoors.

Just talking and playing about science can lead children to a real interest in scientific exploration. And just your interest in what they’re doing and talking about can nurture a lifelong curiosity about all sorts of STEAM concepts in the world around us.

I know how challenging it can be when children ask questions like “What makes the thunder noise?” But think of it as another opportunity to show you care about what they’re thinking. That’s something you do all day long.

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