I write the Early Years column in Science and Children and am interested in bringing the early childhood education world and the science educator world closer together through collaborations. Add your expertise or questions to the NSTA Early Years blog at www.nsta.org/earlyyears
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Tue, Jun 15, 2021 12:06 PM in Climate Ed and Elementary
I fully agree with Jeanne that we need to "inspire students to love the natural world by taking them outside and giving them opportunities to observe their immediate environment." But I'm not sure that talking about climate change can only come after these experiences for two reasons (maybe more).
Learning to love the natural world is an on-going, life-long process so there is no...
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Sat, May 01, 2021 6:29 PM in How to have science experiments for Early Childhood students?
Children as young as 6 months old are captivated by natural phenomena such as shadow formation and making sound. To keep the attention of kindergarten (and younger and older) children, be sure to provide lots of open exploration time where they can be in contact with the materials to manipulate them and see what happens. Follow that open exploration time with a period of focusing o...
Thu, Apr 01, 2021 6:31 AM in Virtual Science
Hi Mikayla, I agree that science should always be engaging, thinking about questions that are intriguing enough to pursue.
Doing science together is usally more fun than solo, but not always.
For virtual science consider having young children engage in experiences, not experiments where controls are involved. Children's exploration of materials and natural phenomena is the foundat...
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Tue, Apr 06, 2021 10:25 AM Must read...and talk!
Read this column to learn strategies for incorporating more thinking through talk into your science teaching.
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