Category Archives: Early Years

 The Elementary (& PreK) Extravaganza, at NSTA19 St. Louis

Plan your strategy for getting the most out the 2 hours you have to access the 100+ presenters, each at their own table, in the Elementary Extravaganza (EE) at the NSTA annual conferences. Have you seen the loooong list of … Continue reading

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The Week of the Young Child is April 8-12, 2019

The Week of the Young Child is sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), beginning in 1971, to recognize the foundational early childhood years from birth through age 8. During this week, plan to make … Continue reading

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On teaching life cycles of living things

The changes living organisms go through fascinate us (and sometimes freak us out) even if we’ve seen the process before. Early childhood educators especially feel this because every day we come to work we are fascinated by the development and … Continue reading

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Using Art as an Introduction to Science

“Ms. Anne!  Did you know kelp is a plant like the sunflowers?” That was just one of many questions I heard last week as my class turned the classroom into a kelp forest.  It all began with the otters.  No, … Continue reading

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Dreaming of spring and preparing to garden with young children

Before the weather really warms up in your area, take children for a nature walk and together document through drawing or photography the plants that are beginning to bud out with leaves or flowers. Spring doesn’t begin at the moment … Continue reading

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Engaging Young Learners in the Practices of Science – Starting with Questions about Earthworms

Welcome to guest blogger Margaret Egan who has dual roles at Tuckahoe Elementary School in Arlington, VA: Outdoor Learning Coordinator and S.T.E.A.M. Teacher. She is a National Board Certified teacher with master’s degrees in both science and education, and has worked … Continue reading

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Why We Shouldn’t Keep "Bugs" in a Drawer

Guest blogger Monica Dolan is the STEM Curriculum Coordinator at The Children’s Center at CalTech where she works as a liaison between the administration and the teaching staff to ensure curriculum plans are consistent with the center’s conceptual STEM based approach. … Continue reading

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Engineering in early childhood continues

Engineering was celebrated last week but it continues to happen spontaneously, and with teachers’ support, in early childhood settings. Engineering happens when young children try to solve a problem by designing and testing a solution. They use a stick to … Continue reading

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Sensory play for science learning

Children and people of all ages continually explore and learn through their senses. Prior experiences that build understanding of how we use our senses to learn about the world are the foundation for understanding the Next Generation Science Standards Disciplinary … Continue reading

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Too cold? Observing animals in winter

With very cold weather settling into many areas, children’s outdoor time may be restricted due to temperature and wind chill limits set relative to the temperature ranges normally experienced in their area. ChildCare Aware of North Dakota’s guidelines include: Outdoor … Continue reading

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