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Papa’s Mechanical Fish

Posted on May 1st, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Man inside a fish shaped submarine

The book ‘Papa’s Mechanical Fish’ illustrates how children’s questions can lead to wonderful discoveries and new learnings.  Working collaboratively with their peers; children can explore many possibilities, evaluate their observations and help to solve everyday problems.  What questions and problems can you solve by encouraging a sense of wonder with children?

Who says women can’t be Computer Programmers?

Posted on April 17th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

The story of Ada Lovelace - Ada daydreaming about maths

Although her mother tried to steer her towards mathematics and away from following her father, Lord Byron, down the dark path of poetry and imagination, Ada Lovelace found that creativity and logic go well together after all. Ada grew up to be a mathematician and is often regarded as the first to recognise the full potential of a “computing machine”.

Extra Yarn

Posted on April 10th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Extra Yarn

The story is about Annabelle and her adventures in a cold and dark town using a never-ending box of colourful yarn to bring about transformation in this community with a variety of colourful yarn creations. Use the story as a platform to launch into a variety of explorations with the children.

Meet Happy Nkhonya

Posted on April 4th, 2019 in the category(s) Little Scientists news

Happy Nkhonya

Happy Nkhonya is a scholarship recipient at Macquarie University, Department of Educational studies where he is studying for a Master’s degree in Early Childhood. Happy, is planning to be the first educator to implement STEM programming into early childhood education on his return to Malawi.

Petra

Posted on April 4th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Petra picture book cover

Wonderfully depicting children’s love for playfully discovering the natural world around them, the book encourages them to see things differently. Celebrate children’s enthusiasm for thinking outside the box by finding new functions for a stick, dreaming up different futures for a sea shell or imagining the adventures of a gumnut.

Imagine

Posted on March 27th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Imagine book cover by Alison Lester

Combine children’s creativity and imagination with learning about the natural world and broadening their vocabulary by learning the animals’ names, making their conversations and observations more specific. Imagine is a wonderfully illustrated book with a sense of wonder and abundance of colour.

The Book with No Pictures

Posted on March 19th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

The Book with No Pictures

Celebrating children’s appreciation of nonsense and giving them the power to make adults say silly things, The Book With No Pictures bravely leaves the realm of the picture book behind and focuses on sound instead.

Don’t call me Bear

Posted on March 13th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Angry looking koala - Book cover: Don't call me Bear

This funny rant by Warren, a koala who is sick of being called a bear, is a great reminder that it is important to use correct terminology when speaking to children. You can also try to introduce more scientific language into the children’s vocabulary, for example, by talking about what makes a koala a marsupial.

Possum magic

Posted on March 6th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Possum Magic book cover

Possums’ trip across Australia to find out how to make Hush visible again is a wonderful illustration of the joys of inquiry-based learning. Through trial and error and true hands-on experiences, they find the answer to their question, How do we make Hush visible again…

Interview with educator Peggy Kessner

Posted on March 4th, 2019 in the category(s) Little Scientists news

Peggy Kessner

We were lucky to be able to tap into a fountain of knowledge with nature pedagogue, digital educator and special advisor for inquiry-based learning, Peggy Kessner from the Foundation “Haus der kleinen Forscher” in Germany, who visited us in Sydney in February.

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