Tuesday, November 14 • 9:45am - 10:35am
Exploring the “M” in Early Childhood STEM: Moving Beyond Rote Activities to Extend Concept Development

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This hands-on workshop will help early childhood educators, directors, providers, and coaches to explore a variety of developmentally appropriate mathematical experiences to extend children’s knowledge in everyday routines or mathematics centers.

The word “mathematics” can cause adults to either quiver or smile in fascination. Regardless of your comfort level, early childhood mathematics doesn’t have to feel overwhelming, boring or tedious. As educators, we should instill an excitement about numbers, patterns, relationships, shapes and just talking about the math found all around us. Join us as we have some fun with mathematics through games and meaningful experiences that help students develop skills needed for future school success.

Presenters will share the approach used by The Hundred Acre School at Heritage Museums & Gardens, which moves away from the practice of using an isolated STEM-related lesson or activity and moves to transforming the learning environment and daily routine into an authentic STEM experience immersed in questions, vocabulary, and concepts. Presenters share how they have been able to do this in the area of mathematics by setting up demonstration areas during the workshop with materials but will explain the purpose, concepts, and questions that would enhance the students understanding of math concepts. Educators will also have the opportunity to explore how these concepts can be extended during a variety of daily routines like circle time, snack, transitions, and outdoors. Attendees are encouraged to share their experiences and how they would be able to incorporate these concepts into their classroom or learning environment.


Kori Bardige

Education Consultant and Owner, Learning Circle Consulting

Melissa Russell

Preschool Director, The Hundred Acre School at Heritage Museums & Gardens

Tuesday November 14, 2017 9:45am - 10:35am
Grand Ballroom North