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STEM Storytime Extenders

STEM Storytime Extenders



This slideshow accompanies a talk at the Preschool Services Discussion Group meeting at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference.

This slideshow accompanies a talk at the Preschool Services Discussion Group meeting at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference.



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    STEM Storytime Extenders STEM Storytime Extenders Presentation Transcript

    • STEMStorytimeExtendersAmy KoesterPreschool Services Discussion Group2013 ALA Annual Conference
    • Why do STEM with preschoolers?STEM activities…• promote early literacy skillsdevelopment• engage children’s natural curiosity• exercise fine motor skills• are FUN
    • STEM Activities in Place of a Craft• Build something useful—it’sengineering while still feeling like acraft• Set out STEM tools for kids toexplore
    • Have a science table for free playMagnifying glasses and specimens, magnet wands and magnetic objects,and a balance scale with objects to weigh make for great hands-on STEMexploration.
    • STEM Activities as the Main Event• Build a story time around a STEMconcept• Spend at least half the programengaged in hands-on experimentsand activities
    • Offer hands-on experiments for concept learningThere are a plethora of ideas for preschool-friendly STEM experimentsand activities in your non-fiction collection (start with Janice Vancleave’stitles), on teacher and librarian blogs, and on Pinterest.
    • STEM Activities To Go• Take-home STEM activity sheets• “Make it, Take it” stations with STEMprojects
    • Invite families to do STEM at home.Write up STEM activity instructions on a handout, or prep basic suppliesto distribute in brown paper bags. Make it easy for caregivers to do STEMwith their kids at home.
    • Links to more ideas and resourcesonlineakoester@stchlibrary.org@amyeileenkhttp://showmelibrarian.blogspot.com