Earth Sciences and the Importance of STEM Education

BoysFishingEarth Sciences Week is October 11-17, and your little ones are never too young to learn about the world we live in. Think of it as part of their STEM education, and a way to encourage good stewardship of the Earth year-round!

There are plenty of great, educational websites that include activities to get the children in your care up and moving in the great outdoors.

The Earth Science Week website even has contests and lessons for children K-12, and some can even work for children younger than age 6. Check out their visual arts contest on depicting how and, water, air and living things interact in the world around us.

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Planning a great Earth Science Week activity? Let us know about it!

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Playing Pretend…With Math!

makebelievewithmathA post from our partners at Sesame Street

Join your friends at Sesame Street for a FREE online course for early childhood educators entitled Make Believe with Math.

This self-paced course is designed for all early childhood educators – whether you are working in a classroom, center-based program, or family child-care setting. The course will enable educators to explore the fun of math in children’s make believe play and how math moments can be incorporated into everyday learning.

The online course will:

  • Highlight the importance of math and pretend play in children’s lives
  • Explore how a facilitator can integrate “math moments” into children’s pretend play
  • Offer an interactive learning experience during which educators can connect with others

Educators will have two sessions to choose from:

  • August Session: August 1– 31 (Registration opens July 15, 2015)
  • October Session: October 1 – 31

To be notified when course registration opens, and for more information on the course, please visit: www.sesamestreet.org/freeonlinecourse and choose a session. Sesame Street will then send you more details about registering for the course.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to email Sesame at stem@sesame.org.

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