Foreword by: Betty Zan
Publication Date: May 3, 2019
Series: Early Childhood Education Series
This book is designed to build educators’ confidence and competence so they can bring STEM to life with young children. The authors encourage pre-K teachers to discover the value of engaging preschoolers in scientific inquiry, technological explorations, engineering challenges, and math experiences based on learning trajectories. They explain the big ideas in STEM, emphasizing teaching strategies that support these activities (such as language-rich STEM interactions), and describe ways to integrate concepts across disciplines. The text features research-based resources, examples of field-tested activities, and highlights from the classroom.
Drawing from a professional development model that was developed with funding from the National Science Foundation, this book is an essential resource for anyone who wants to support preschool children to be STEM thinkers and doers.
Alissa A. Lange is an associate professor of early childhood education at East Tennessee State University. Kimberly Brenneman is program officer for education at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Hagit Mano is an early childhood STEM specialist at East Tennessee State University.
“Teaching STEM in the Preschool Classroom is a book that excellently fulfills a need. The authors show that the important ideas of STEM are within every teacher’s and child’s grasp. They show how the STEM domains connect to each other—and connect to children. They show how learning progresses, providing playful, fun, and effective learning experiences that go beyond the all-too-common “cute ideas.” This is a valuable resource for everyone who works with young children.”
—Douglas Clements, Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning, Morgridge College of Education, University of Denver