Hi Hailey, Imani, and Jennifer,
Hailey, I love that you titled your initial post 'The Early Years' - I happen to enjoy reading the monthly articles written in the Science and Children NSTA journal by the same name - The Early Years. Peggy Ashbrook shares some insights and inquiry lessons for our youngest budding scientists. In the February 2020 journal, Peggy shared an engineering design and open exploration where the question centered around how to build a better bubble maker. A new twist was included in the lesson design where students drew and described a bubble blower wand that they would want someone else to make. Children then pulled a design out of a container and went about to create the bubble blower wand for their 'new' client using the client's description. You can check it out at: https://common.nsta.org/resource/?id=10.2505/4/sc08_046_03_14
I hope your summers are going well. It is nice to have a bit of breathing space to spend time thinking about how to incorporate new, creative ideas into our science curricula for the fall.
Carolyn Mohr, Science Methods Instructor
Dominican University, River Forest, IL and
Southern Illinois University/Carbondale