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Teaching Young Children
Vol. 14, No. 1
September 16, 2020

October/November 2020

Partnering with Families, Helping Children through Change
TYC October/November 2020 issue
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Issue
Young Children
Vol. 75, No. 4
September 1, 2020

September 2020

Fostering Content Knowledge: Meaningful Integration in the Primary Grades
The September 2020 issue of Young Children includes a cluster of articles that showcase the power of integrating science, math, technology, literacy, and social studies to make learning meaningful and content-rich across the primary grades.
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A classroom of children playing with wooden blocks
Article
Young Children
May 1, 2020

STREAM Education at Work—No, at Play! A Toy-Making Unit

Early achievement in math and science predicts later school success as well or better than early literacy skills do.

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Authored by: Douglas H. Clements, Julie Sarama, Kimberly Brenneman, Nell K. Duke, Mary Louise Hemmeter
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Article
Young Children
May 1, 2020

Story Time STEM: Nurturing Children's Joy and Wonder through Shared Reading Experiences

In this article, we share ideas for how to integrate math, science, and literacy during shared reading. These ideas are inspired by our research project Story Time STEM, a collaborative effort by a team of preschool and elementary grade teachers, children

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Authored by: Allison Hintz, Antony T. Smith, Kristin Gray, Erin Gannon, Ashley Wishart
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Article
Young Children
May 1, 2020

Learning Engineering through Block Play: STEM in Preschool

In recent years, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) have been increasingly emphasized for elementary-age children, and this trend should extend into preschool too. Blocks—a fundamental material found in almost all early childhood se

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Authored by: Zachary S. Gold, James Elicker, Barbara A. Beaulieu
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A young boy in a classroom taping an image to block.
Article
Young Children
May 1, 2020

Transforming Our Community with STEAM

The preschool bucket brigade took place four weeks into an intensive study surrounding the unit Our Community. While this topic is very common in preschools, for these teachers, this community unit was almost all new. This was their first experience with

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Authored by: Lea Ann Christenson, Jenny James
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Four-year-old Kurt created a family portrait for a project in his preschool classroom. He made sure to include his baby sister o
Article
Young Children
May 1, 2020

Nurturing Wonder: STEM Projects Bring Joy to the Classroom

When intentional teachers ask questions to expand children’s thinking and help them explore related vocabulary and concepts, children’s learning is enriched and their curiosity grows, fueling yet more inquiries.

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Authored by: Lisa Hansel
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Article
Teaching Young Children
February 1, 2020

Breaking Down STEAM for Young Children

In early childhood, we encourage STEAM teaching to integrate these subject areas within a meaningful context.

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Authored by: Sandra M. Linder, Angela Eckhoff
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Article
Teaching Young Children
December 1, 2019

9x: Creating a Culturally Responsive STEAM Curriculum

The following tips can support you in creating a culturally responsive STEAM curriculum.

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Authored by: ​Anthony Broughton, Michiko B. McClary
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Article
Young Children
July 1, 2019

To Pin or Not to Pin? Choosing, Using, and Sharing High-Quality STEM Resources

With an internet connection, teachers can access an almost infinite number of STEM resources, but how can they tell if the activities and lesson plans are high quality?

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Authored by: Sherri Peterson, Cindy Hoisington, Peggy Ashbrook, Beth Dykstra Van Meeteren, Rosemary Geiken, Sonia Akiko Yoshizawa, Sandy Chilton, Joseph B. Robinson
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Blog
April 22, 2019

Making and Tinkering at Home

Read about how this author helped her 4-year-old daughter create a tinkering space at home.

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Authored by: Julia Luckenbill
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Article
Young Children
September 1, 2018

Growing in STEM. The Design Process: Engineering Practices in Preschool

In this article, we explain why engineering practices are an important part of early STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) learning and share examples of exploring engineering practices.

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Authored by: Jolyn Blank, Stefanie Lynch
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Article
Teaching Young Children
December 1, 2017

Including All Children in Making and Tinkering!

With the open-ended experiences of making and tinkering, you can give a child like this access to a whole world of learning and expression.

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Authored by: Karen Nemeth, Pamela Brillante
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