Help young children develop problem-solving skills, and you'll boost their kindergarten readiness and set them up for long-term success in STEM subjects. In this timely and practical book, you'll discover how to support the problem-solving skills of all young children by teaching them basic practices of engineering and five types of critical thinking skills (Curiosity, Persistence, Flexibility, Reflection, and Collaboration), and discover how to sharpen all these skills as a teacher. Using a clear instructional framework and fun activities tailored for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, you'll help children birth to 5 explore big ideas and develop new ways of thinking through engaging and challenging learning experiences. A must for teachers in inclusive early education classrooms, this comprehensive guide is your key to teaching the 21st -century skills children need for STEM learning and school success.
The book you need to: support school readiness; demystify and teach key engineering practices; boost problem-solving skills with proven activities; plan effective lessons for all children; start learning early; encourage language and literacy development; and promote other skills needed for school success.
Practical materials include: classroom activities that incorporate children's books; self-reflection checklists; practical strategies and modifications; Early Childhood UDL Planning Sheets; and blank Experience Planning Templates for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.