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Moving water involves using the practices of science and engineering 

Sometimes the discovery of materials on a play area inspires children’s exploration and use of the NGSS science and engineering practices.  In this example a long length of bark from a tree branch became a trough for investigating water flow. … Continue reading

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Early-in-the-school-year science experiences to support later explorations

When children and teachers are just getting used to being at school and with each other, open-ended experiences can help bring joy to what may be a stressful time. Simple science experiences involve open exploration and build foundations for later … Continue reading

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Investigating water with Early Childhood educators

“At what age can a child begin science learning?” asked one participant at an early childhood education workshop on investigating the properties of water in a fun, scientific way using observation, documentation and reflecting on that work. The group answered … Continue reading

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Water play…exploration…science inquiry

Water explorations are a popular in early childhood programs during the summer. Exuberant water explorations can happen outdoors. The experience of wetness is enjoyable and clothes that get wet accidentally can dry on the child rather than having to be … Continue reading

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Beginning-of-the-year explorations: get them ready for fall

If you have not yet packed up for the summer break, consider picking out two or three lessons to begin the next school year. Choose the resources that will guide you, scan or read them, and pack them up along … Continue reading

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Sound inquiry–open exploration and direct teaching?

As early childhood educators, no matter what program we teach in or administer, we want to help children build knowledge of the world through experiences, teacher-supported investigations, and direct teaching. A conversation I had recently with a teacher made me … Continue reading

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Ideas from visiting another classroom

Visiting other schools always makes me think about classroom organization, I get new ideas about how to document children’s learning, and gets me thinking about changes I want to implement in my teaching. Changes in weather often lead to changes … Continue reading

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Supporting children's interests

As we take a nature walk on the paths through a large garden area tended by church members, the children always want to “go to the pond.” This body of water is an 8’ by 10’ pool with pump-circulated water … Continue reading

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Joys of summer

Children play year-round but some media for play is more easily used in summer. Some recent play that I’ve observed: Observing the motion of wood chip mulch as it is shaken back and forth on a spring rider.       … Continue reading

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Exploring the properties of liquid, and solid, water

Exploring ice is an activity that children find interesting all year round. I remember the thin sheets of ice that would form in winter at what was usually the surface of a puddle in the gravel driveway in my childhood. … Continue reading

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