On October 14, I presented at workshop at the GOAEYC annual conference titled “Water Science: Fun STEM Activities for Young Children” and on November 17 I will be presenting a workshop at the NAEYC annual conference titled “Climate Change and Young Children: The Importance of Play.”  In both sessions I make the argument that we, as early childhood educators, have a responsibility to help prepare children for living in a changing climate and one way we can help nurture resilient, creative problem-solvers is by providing lots of opportunities for open-ended play.

Many of the examples I include in my sessions are drawn from my experience creating a water science curriculum over the summer. I’m now working on creating a new climate-related curriculum for preschoolers and Kindergarteners that I hope to pilot this coming winter. Stay tuned!

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