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Using rain to manipulate art media, and modeling rain

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Using rain to manipulate art media, and modeling rain

A day where the rain had lasted so long that the playground became soupy led to an investigation of the properties of art media—tempera paint and oi...

By Peggy Ashbrook

Nature of science: a new NSTA position statement

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Nature of science: a new NSTA position statement

Winter weather often makes us wonder how wild animals survive without a heated environment....

By Peggy Ashbrook

Play—outdoor, in-door recess, and science

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Play—outdoor, in-door recess, and science

Children move eagerly to get their winter wear gear, stream out the door, across the street and onto the playground....

By Peggy Ashbrook

Engineering in early childhood continues

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Engineering in early childhood continues

Engineering was celebrated last week but it continues to happen spontaneously, and with teachers’ support, in early childhood settings. Engineering ...

By Peggy Ashbrook

Supportive communities for teaching science in the early childhood years

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Supportive communities for teaching science in the early childhood years

There are times when educators miss opportunities to support young children’s interest in exploring and  learning about natural phenomena. We might...

By Peggy Ashbrook

Engineering in early childhood

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Engineering in early childhood

In early childhood settings both educators and young children solve problems using available materials and an engineering design process. The process ...

By Peggy Ashbrook

Early childhood science education at conferences 

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Early childhood science education at conferences 

  When a conference has plenty of sessions about science and engineering learning in early childhood—so many that each time slot has 2 or more ...

By Peggy Ashbrook

Local nature experiences help children relate to other environments

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Local nature experiences help children relate to other environments

My side of the street is shaded for hours longer than the opposite side which gets full sun for more than 6 hours a day, even in winter. The differenc...

By Peggy Ashbrook

Myths about Science, with an early childhood focus

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Myths about Science, with an early childhood focus

The National Science Teachers Association website has a section for families titled, “Help Your Child Explore Science.” Here’s my adaptatio...

By Peggy Ashbrook

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