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Alfie gets in first

Posted on September 9th, 2020 in STEM literacy links

Author: Shirley Hughes | Age: 2+

Boy trying to get through a door quickly

Alfie gets in first captures a real-life situation that even younger children will be able to relate to. Alfie, his mum and younger sister arrive home after shopping. While his mum is carrying the groceries inside and getting his sister out of the stroller, Alfie runs inside and slams the door shut. Now inside the house while his mum and sister are outside, Alfie soon realises that he needs to come up with a good plan.

The story is a wonderful demonstration of cause and effect and the relationship between events. Who opened the door first? Where is his mum when Alfie slams the door shut? Where are the keys? Why is Alfie stuck inside and his mum outside? It is also a great starting point to explore the fundamental method of problem-solving – trial and error. What did Alfie do first to try to open the door? What did he do next? What else could he have done to open the door?

With our book recommendations, we want to help you spark a conversation that leads children to discover STEM in their everyday lives. Have the courage to go beyond the obvious STEM connections and embrace all questions that may come out of your discussion with the children.

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