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Engaging young children, especially those with disabilities, in high-quality STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) experiences is of utmost importance. The rise of the digital age has made STEM education more critical than ever and early STEM learning can promote ongoing academic success. 

Mythbusters in Early STEM Learning

This blog post series presents and dispels myths about early STEM learning. Early childhood STEM experts were queried about misconceptions they have come across in their work. Authors of the blog posts then searched the literature to dole out facts that counter these misconceptions. Some myths include that STEM is only for older children or that STEM learning is too expensive. The authors use a plethora of research-based information to debunk these myths and more. 

Circle Time Magazine

Watch Season 1 of this web-based talk show for early chidlhood educators with episodes on mathematizing, measurement, geometry, and patterns. Be sure to check out and download the accompanying print magazines for additional information and resources! Resources are available in English and Spanish.

How to Engage Young Children with Disabilities in STEM Learning Virtually

In this blog post, Dr. Mere-Cook shares how to bring STEM learning to life through engaging in weekly groups that provide students with disabilities time to explore, create and share with teachers, families, and classmates. The weekly group meets virtually and follows the steps of the engineering design process: Explore, Create, and Improve. Dr. Mere-Cook gets to know the children's interests and incorporates and works on their IEP goals during STEM learning. She encourages families to explore alongside the child, find everyday items that promote STEM learning and use books to strengthen and expand STEM concepts. 

Think about how to use Explore, Create, and Improve in your own teaching about STEM.

Relevant NAEYC Standards

This newsletter covered STEM concepts which has relevance to the following NAEYC standards:
  • Standard 2 (Curriculum): The program implements a curriculum that is consistent with its goals for children and promotes learning and development in each of the following areas: social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive.
  • Standard 3 (Teaching): The program uses developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate and effective teaching approaches that enhance each child’s learning and development in the context of the curriculum goals.

DEC Recommended Practices 

The DEC Recommended practices includes a domain on instruction.

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