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Clean up the mess

Posted on August 12th, 2020 in the category(s) Quirky curious, STEM gems

Picking plastic bottle out of waterway

Impactful early experiences help to shape our personality and create personal life-long values. Cleaning your local stream, building a water purification system or investigating other ways to protect our environment in a child-led way, could be the spark to ignite the passion for sustainability in the environmentalists of tomorrow.

Elmer

Posted on August 12th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Elephant comprised of colourful squares

Celebrating difference and reminding us that we are happiest in our own skin, this story can help strengthen children’s confidence and acceptance of differences and is also a great starting point to discuss the role of colour and camouflage in the animal world.

It’s hot in here

Posted on August 12th, 2020 in the category(s) Quirky curious, STEM gems

Wooden thermometer close up

This playful activity is a wonderful way to extend the vocabulary of temperature. The idea that people experience temperature differently and that ‘hotness’ is not fixed is fascinating to children.

Rosie’s walk

Posted on August 5th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Fox following a hen past a hen house

This quick and simple story will help you get the attention of all children and works well with the younger ones. Encourage them to map a course for Rosie through the centre, with traps and hurdles for the fox. This is a great opportunity to expand on the language…

Measuring heights: Penguins

Posted on August 5th, 2020 in the category(s) Quirky curious, STEM gems

Penguins walking in a line surrounded by snow

There are 17 species of penguin, ranging in height from 20-130cm tall. By measuring and recording heights, children learn skills important for scientific research. They also use criteria for classification and STEM language.

Where’s My Mom?

Posted on July 29th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Monkey on a branch looking confused

Join this unlikely pair of animals in their search for the monkey’s mum. Starting with size, the monkey declares that his mum is bigger than him and the butterfly takes him to an elephant. The story itself is one of inquiry-based learning. As the educator, you can take a step back and observe the children learning to work together through trial and error.

STEM Leader – August 2020

Posted on July 29th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM leaders

Yuji Ono

STEM leader Yugi Ono, encourages the children in his care to take the initiative to learn and discover new things, letting them lead the learning. He believes his role is to guide them through the process and to anchor important learnings in the children’s memory through conversation and reflection…

Tessellation: Sea turtles

Posted on July 28th, 2020 in the category(s) Quirky curious, STEM gems

Sea turtle swimming in ocean

What do you know about tessellations and why do turtle shells form hexagons? My hypothesis is that hexagons have a larger surface area to smaller perimeter ratio. What is your hypothesis? What are the children’s?

Germ research

Posted on July 27th, 2020 in the category(s) Little Scientists House projects

preschool children and educator placing Plasticine on body outline

What better place to run a child-led project on germs than a service attached to a hospital? Involving the parents working at the hospital gave the children great insights into their day and their work at the hospital. Find out how the children conducted a germ study by wiping slices of bread on door knobs and pets.

Our home, our heartbeat

Posted on July 22nd, 2020 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Our Home - children running with indigenous background

Belonging, Being and Becoming are such important aspects of children’s lives and are beautifully conveyed by the children featured in this book, who are inspired by Aboriginal legends past and present: “My history is my strength, my future is my own.”

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