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The ‘M’ in STEM

Preschool children using a balance in a sensory table with coffee beans.

“Mathematics is a tool that is key to understanding science.” NGSS Lead States. 2013. Next Generation Science Standards: For States, By States. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. How many? How soon? How big? How much more? These questions are of vital importance in young children’s lives and may be part of their science explorations […]

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Learning about shapes, with tips from a special education teacher

Working in a school with teachers who have a different expertise than I have means I have access to an informal professional learning community’s broader depth of knowledge. Early childhood teachers represent a wide variety of cultures, ages and educational backgrounds. This variety is a strength when we learn from each other. Sara Fritel Johnson […]

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Spatial thinking

The children whom I see once-a-week in an hour-long afternoon science enrichment class show growth in their exploration of building using ramps and blocks to create pathways for balls. These materials have been available each session for about four months. An hour once a week is not much time to explore a set of materials […]

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