The science center should include developmentally appropriate games and materials from the categories of collections of natural objects, living things, nature/science books, games or toys, and nature/science activities. The ECERS-R also encourages teachers to use simple cooking and experiments at least once every two weeks. Childrens’ innate curiosity makes them the ideal ‘scientist’. Science… [Read more…] Inquiring Minds Want to Know- Science in the Early Childhood Classroom
Children are learning to understand patterns in their preschool years. For example, when shown a model such as a row of blocks with alternating colors they will imitate the model by following the pattern of red block, blue block, red block, blue block. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) algebra standard specifies… [Read more…] Algebra in Preschool?
Teachers can provide literacy experiences for children during every part of the day. For example, items that encourage writing can be incorporated into all centers. Children can make traffic signs in the block center, take orders or write recipes in the dramatic play center. Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning (2007) describe specific indicators… [Read more…] Literacy in the Early Childhood Classroom
Physical and motor movements are often used to teach and reinforce skills and concepts. Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning (2007) include movement principles and concepts in the section called Physical and Motor Development. Teachers can employ these movement standards and teach academic skills and concepts at the same time. See it. Smell it.… [Read more…] Move It to Learn It