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Encouraging Scientific Thinkers - Science Activities for the Early Childhood Classroom

Children are born with a natural curiosity for “figuring out” the world around them. Adults who support them in this learning are critical to them becoming confident scientific thinkers. This presentation will give teachers many practical examples of how to implement the Ohio Early Learning and Development Standards in their preschool environments. All areas of science, including scientific inquiry and application, life science, earth and space science, and physical science will be discussed and demonstrated. Participants will be introduced to the 5E model for planning and implementing interesting inquiry based science activities. Participants will be given the opportunity to plan sample lessons using this model. Ideas will also be shared for extending science throughout multiple curriculum areas. View the Course Description

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Meet Nancy Struewing, M. ED

Nancy Struewing has spent 30 years in the Early Childhood Education field. Her first 22 years were "hands on" in the classroom. More recently, her current position is as the Early Childhood Curriculum Professional Development Specialist at Hamilton Educational Service Center. Over her career, Nancy has been in many different Early Childhood Education settings.

Over her career Nancy has been in many different Early Childhood Education settings. She has experience in special education classrooms and working within school districts. She has also spent a lot of time at The Arlitt Research Center at the University of Cincinnati, where she gained a deeper understanding of how children learn.

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Beyond Minding Manners: Teaching Gratitude as Attitude

We want our students to grow to be happy people. Benedictine Monk David Steindl-Rast, author of several books on gratefulness, begins his TED talk exploring the connection between happiness and gratefulness. He asks, “Is it really the happy people who are grateful?” His answer is, essentially: no, it is grateful people who become happy. “Please” and “thank you”—the words of gratitude, reflect manners, but they do not necessarily reflect a thankful attitude, the attitude which builds a foundation for a happy life. Robert Emmons, leader in the sciences on gratitude, teaches psychology at the University of California, Davis. He suggests tangible gratitude activities for early learners. He says, “You can also use concrete reminders to practice gratitude, which can be […]

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