Parents are eager to help their children learn, but teaching young children complicated scientific and mathematical concepts can be intimidating. Simple STEAM helps parents realize they don’t need to be engineers or scientists to support STEAM learning. Authors Marnie Forestieri, CDA, and Debby Mitchell, EdD, bring parents and teachers a fresh approach to STEM and STEAM learning that sparks curiosity and critical thinking in early childhood. Children explore STEAM concepts through entertaining, engaging and approachable activities that prepare them to be ready to learn in kindergarten and beyond. Each activity demonstrates how STEAM relates to the real world, while helping children build at least one 21st-century skill—from collaboration and communication to creativity and problem solving.
Most early childhood teachers are using learning centers in the classroom, but do not utilize them in ways that fully support a variety of learning opportunities. This book approaches learning centers through the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) lens, and shares how themes can be integrated into centers to promote creativity and higher-level thinking. STEM Play provides varied activities for the most common centers: art, blocks, dramatic play, literacy, math, science, music and movement. Full of beautiful, full-color photos that show the activities in real early childhood classrooms, teachers can easily use the book’s ideas immediately in their curriculum. STEM Play also includes a “How To” section for teachers who wish to expand on the STEM focus and use themed activities in their learning centers.
When I Grow Up
3 years & up. This complete Archaeologist STEM kit offers over 40 Archaeologist materials including tools, artifacts, and uniform. Children can step into the role of scientist when they participate in a small scale dig using the shovel and rake to find items such as bones, ancient plate pieces, and fossils. The grid and grid numbers help children as they chart and record the items into the artifact journal. Continue the journey into STEM discovery with the challenge and literacy cards that offer activities, tips, and ideas to extend the scientific learning across all domains. Learning is further enhanced with two included song downloads and an archaeology book. An Archaeologist is a special scientist that discovers and collects the artifacts from people who lived in the past. An Archaeologist studies the artifacts to learn more about ancient people. Some things that an Archaeologist might study are tools, weapons, and houses. By studying these things, an Archaeologist can learn about people who lived long ago. An Archaeologist will ask questions about the people being studied. They will create a hypothesis (guess) based on the questions they have. They will then examine artifacts and other information available to them to try and answer the questions. Archaeologists observe, describe, compare, question, predict, and experiment to learn about civilizations from the past.
When I Grow Up
3 years & up. The Civil Engineer STEM kit offers hands-on learning experiences that encourage children to build, analyze, and revise multiple engineering projects and ideas. Bridge and building blueprints as well as fundamental materials are included that will encourage children to evaluate the efficiency of different building materials, create new concepts, and plan effective designs. Additional projects are suggested on the challenge cards as well as extended ideas, tips, and discussion topics on the literacy cards. Additional features are an engineering book and two song downloads. Civil Engineers work on the infrastructure of cities. A Civil Engineer may design, build, and maintain public works and different buildings throughout a city. Public works include transportation, water treatment, government buildings, public facilities like airports and train stations, and other large scale building projects that benefit the public and community. Civil engineering is one of the oldest jobs. Thousands of years ago, people began to create things to make life easier. They put a log over a creek, creating a bridge to cross. They put a roof on a house to keep out the rain. From the ancient pyramids built thousands of years ago to roads and tunnels that go underwater, Civil Engineers help improve our lives. When Civil Engineers study and research projects, they look for the best materials and the best way to build. Then they help implement the construction.
When I Grow Up
3 years & up. Children will learn to observe, study, and protect the environment with the Environmental Scientist STEM kit. Multiple hands-on experiments and learning activities are included, along with all the necessary materials. Children will be inspired to test water samples, collect a variety of nature samples, study pollution, and more. A variety of air, water, and land experiences are suggested on the included challenge cards. Additional tips, facts, and interactive topics are suggested on the literacy cards. The learning continues with an Environmental Scientist book and two song downloads. An Environmental Scientist learns about different parts of our natural world in order to protect it. Environmental Scientists identify problems in our surroundings and work to find solutions. They study the air around us to make sure it’s clean. They learn about keeping water fresh for drinking and not wasting it. They learn about the soil and how we grow food. They learn about habitats, which are homes for living things. Environmental Scientists learn about pollution and how we can prevent it. They identify problems in our environment and work to find solutions now and for the future.