Wednesday through Saturday I’ll be attending sessions at the annual conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). I love that the worlds of science teaching and early childhood teaching overlap! This is made very clear by the number of sessions about teaching science concepts and science practices.
The NAEYC Early Childhood Science Interest Forum (ECSIF) will have our annual meeting, open to all, so if you are coming to the conference, join us for a lively discussion of the video clips we’ll be viewing of toddlers and preschoolers engaged in science activities. Come find out how you can participate in this Interest Forum and learn about efforts to develop a position statement on early childhood science education. Thursday 11/21/2013 at 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM in Room 146B Washington Convention Center.
The Saturday 8am conference session, “Defining science learning and teaching”, led by Ingrid Chalufour, Cindy Hoisington, Karen Worth, and Linda Froschauer, is top of my list because I want to know what these educators and researchers will tell us about what young children are capable of learning and effective strategies for engaging young children in scientific inquiry and conceptual learning.
Stop by the ECSIF table at the Interest Forum Cafe and sign up to participate in the ECSIF and get email updates. Science and engineering learning begins with young children and we can support their explorations.