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STEM Leader – January 2021

Posted on December 30th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM leaders

Margaret Chua, Nominated Supervisor and Teacher at Patterson Lakes Kindergarten in Victoria, has been working in early childhood education for almost 11 years. Her professional focus is on STEM exploration and social inclusion, her approach inspired by Reggio Emilia.

Science experiments in early childhood – Why?

Posted on December 16th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM gems

3 kids looking at baking soda volcano

Often it’s only in those moments of reflection that we ask ourselves, “Why?”, but as advocates of inquiry-based learning, we should be asking ourselves, “Why?”, constantly.

An Aussie night before Christmas

Posted on December 15th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Santa flying in ute being pulled by reindeer

Do you sometimes worry that Santa is going to overheat in his inappropriately warm suit? Are the children hopeful that there will be snow at Christmas as depicted on so many decorations, cards and books? How does Santa sneak in at night if the house has no chimney?

Joint Position Statement Launch

Posted on December 15th, 2020 in the category(s) Little Scientists in the media, Little Scientists news

preschool aged boy blowing bubbles

Perfect Beginnings Child Care Centre in Queensland has joined our community of Little Scientists Houses, a group of early childhood services committed to inquiry-based STEM learning.

Mud pies and microorganisms

Posted on December 9th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM gems

Child playing in mud

My love of gardening comes from the memories connected with it: planting seeds with my dad, climbing the apple tree and, of course, making mud pies in the patch of ground next to the cubby house. In an early childhood environment where things have become increasingly sanitised, regulated and designed, how do we, as educators, help our children make those connections?…

There’s a sea in my bedroom

Posted on December 7th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Boy laying on bed with water covering the floor

David is afraid of the sea. Do you think it might be good to be afraid in some situations? When is fear good for us and when is it bad? How can we overcome our fears? What are you afraid of? Is there anything you used to be afraid of but you no longer are? Why not?

Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?

Posted on December 2nd, 2020 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

large brown bear

In a colourful parade of observers being observed, the bear sees a red bird, who sees a yellow duck, who sees a blue horse and so on. The rhythm, colours and animals will appeal to younger children and can raise some questions: Are all frogs green? Have you ever seen a purple cat?

STEM Leader – December 2020

Posted on November 30th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM leaders

Shanika Dantanarayana

Shanika says, I do not think there could be early childhood education without STEM. Even before truly unpacking STEM, there will always be STEM throughout your daily interactions and learning without even noticing. Children are born curious and full of wonder it is only natural to support that curiosity.

The phases of the Moon

Posted on November 29th, 2020 in the category(s) Quirky curious, STEM gems

Moon as perceived in the southern hemisphere

If you have a clear sky tonight, have a look up at the beautiful full moon. Do you know how Sun, Earth and Moon are positioned during a full moon? What will happen to the Moon in the next few days? What do you know about the phases of the Moon? Are they different in the northern…

Deconstructing electronic devices

Posted on November 24th, 2020 in the category(s) Little Scientists House projects

Preschoolers using screwdriver to open a computer

When the children asked questions trying to establish how things work, we realised that this was the perfect opportunity to let them find out in a hands-on way as part of our sustainability project. The children’s interest in finding out what’s going on behind the scenes of everyday machines and electronic devices aligned perfectly with our emphasis on reducing, reusing, repurposing and recycling as we asked parents to bring in items for the children to work explore.

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