August is here and whether you are ready or not, the start of school is right around the corner. Starting school for anyone can be a very emotional and scary time due to the many uncertainties. Preparing a smooth transition to school for children can lead to a great start to the year. Here are some tips for a smoother transition into the school year for both you and your students. Be positive! Keep your outlook positive because learning can be fun and exciting. Don’t set incredibly high expectations that will cause you and your students to be disappointed when it is not met. Encourage parents to keep their outlooks positive, even if their own school experience was not. Keep […]
Encouraging Scientific Thinkers - Science Activities for the Early Childhood ClassroomChildren 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 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
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, in her current position 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. 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. There she gained a deeper understanding of how children learn
Nancy has a special interest in Mathematics. This has inspired her to share her knowledge through creating the ‘What Really Counts? Math Activities for Young Children’ course offered by AIR Childcare Training.