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Uno’s Garden

Posted on July 31st, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Uno in his jungle surrounded by plants and fictional animals

Uno’s story is a wonderful starting point for discussing a number of important issues and concepts with the children, such as numbers and their growth, cause and effect, ethics and action, and personal and communal responsibility for the environment with the children.

STEM inquiry module on ECA learning hub

Posted on July 29th, 2019 in the category(s) Little Scientists news

STEM inquiry: co-constructed environments for curious minds

The online learning module ‘STEM inquiry: Co-constructed environments for curious minds’ has been developed in partnership with Early Childhood Australia (ECA) and is now available on the ECA Learning Hub platform.

The Incredible Freedom Machines

Posted on July 24th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Girl standing on tower of rocks looking through telescope

The book ‘The incredible freedom machines’ takes the reader to a dusty town somewhere in Australia to a young girl that watches others using so-called freedom machines. She dreams about building her very own freedom machine but realises it takes time, effort, and determination to learn how to use it.

Malala’s Magic Pencil

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

Malala's Magic Pencil

Too often, we meet the attitudes of ‘I’m not good at STEM’, ‘I hated Math at school’ and ‘I just don’t have a sciencey brain’. This book is a great conversation starter for resilience, overcoming adversity and breaking out of the mould.

Bridges are to Cross

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

Bridge over water with village in background

Take this opportunity to travel the world with the children, inspecting different kinds of wonderful bridges, each fulfilling a particular purpose, constructed using different methods and materials and located in a variety of settings.

Going Places

Posted on July 3rd, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Going Places - boy standing on car on top of a hill

Maya’s friend Rafael can’t believe his eyes when he visits her before racing day. The cart doesn’t look like anything he has ever seen before. Maya followed her own imagination instead of the kit’s instructions in her attempt to fly like the bird she observed. It comes as no surprise that Maya’s flying go-cart wins the race.

The Squid, the Vibrio & the Moon

Posted on June 25th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Squid image on the moon

Just like any other book, this story can lead to many different explorations. It could get the children thinking and talking about symbioses they can observe or experience in their everyday lives and even inside their own bodies. They might want to research other interesting facts about sea animals or find out more about animal communication.

All the World

Posted on June 18th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Girl and boy looking at to sea

This openhearted poem captures the moods and beauty of everyday life and takes the reader to the core of human existence. Beauty, love and humanity is found in the simplest and smallest things. Be that a feather twirling in the wind, a beautiful old tree inviting children to climb in, a cosy kitchen filled with laughter and the smell of cupcakes, a thunderstorm rolling in and leaving people rushing to find shelter or a wave crashing against a rocky shore.

All the Ways to be Smart

Posted on June 5th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Girl daydreaming by a river

Raise children’s self- esteem by talking about how they don’t need to be academic but that being practical, creative and empathetic are also ways to be smart. Choose one of the colourful pages and begin!

Sarabella’s Thinking Cap

Posted on May 31st, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Sarabella's Thinking Cap - Girl wearing oversized hat

Children whose perception differs from the mainstream can find it challenging to connect to the world around them. Sarabella’s Thinking Cap is the story of a girl who is always daydreaming, thinking and imagining and has a hard time connecting with other children.

Instead of talking about her feelings and thoughts she creates a ‘thinking cap’ that becomes a physical representation of all the beautiful thoughts floating around in her mind. It is through this thinking cap that Sarabella finds herself connecting with her classmates and learning a way to express herself.

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