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STEM: Early Childhood STEM

Digital Resources Exploration for the 2015 SDSL Boot Camp

Starting Out: STEM for Early Childhood

STEM requires a foundation in which to grow - curiosity, creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. Even the youngest of children has these traits, and early childhood is a great time to start children on the path of curiosity. Preschool activities focus on engaging the world through the STEM lens. Surprisingly, the developing mind of this age group is primed for this kind of learning. In looking for patterns, young children are often able to grasp the basics of science and math quicker than older counterparts.

Early Childhood STEM Books

Science is simple : over 250 activities for preschoolers / Peggy Ashbrook ; illustrations, Marie Ferrante-Doyle. 
Beltsville, Md. : Gryphon House, 2003.

Bubbles, rainbows, and worms : science experiments for preschool children / Sam Ed Brown.
Beltsville, MD : Gryphon House, 2004.

ISBN: 9780876592410

Incredible edible science : recipes for developing science and literacy skills / by Liz Plaster and Rick Krustchinsky.
St. Paul, MN : Redleaf Press, 2010.
ISBN: 9781605540177

Jump into science : active learning for preschool children / Rae Pica ; illustrated by Kathi Whelan Dery.
Beltsville, MD : Gryphon House, 2009.
ISBN: 9780876590560

Math and science investigations : helping young learners make big discoveries / Sally Anderson and the Vermont Center for the Book.
Lewisville, NC : Gryphon House, Inc., 2012.
ISBN: 9780876593882

Where does my shadow sleep? : a parent's guide to exploring science with children's books / by Sally Anderson with the Vermont Center for the Book.
Lewisville, NC : Gryphon House, Inc., 2012.
ISBN: 9780876593875

Early Childhood STEM Activity Example

Color Science: A STEM Program for Preschoolers

This color program designed for preschoolers is from the Association for Library Service to Children's blog.

There are actually 3 activities to help reinforce color and color combinations, along with a story book to make it a bit more fun. Check it out!

Photo courtesy of Amy Koestler

Websites for Early Childhood STEM

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