Connecting Science Across the Disciplines at The Early Childhood LevelBy Diana Wehrell-Grabowski on September 10, 2015 in Teacher Training Workshops
Had the pleasure of traveling to Austin in August to conduct science training for early childhood educators. The training was hosted by All Saints’ Episcopal School, a member of the Southeast Association of Episcopal Schools (SAES). Approximately 50 toddler to Kindergarten teachers from schools representing the Episcopal Diocese of Texas attended the day-long session in which they were introduced to strategies to integrate science across the disciplines at the early childhood level. We began the session with incorporating journaling in the early childhood classroom, exploring the many facets of what journaling can entail at the early childhood level. We ventured outside early in the session to look at shapes and patterns in nature and in man-made designs. The importance of incorporating inquiry skills outside of the classroom as well as inside. Teachers made observations, collected samples of leaves, seeds, etc., and drew in their journals. Throughout the day teachers were actively engaged in conducting investigations and explorations that connected science to math, social studies, language arts, the arts, STEM, and more. I really enjoyed working with the administration and all of the teachers who I had the pleasure of sharing my passion for promoting scientific literacy to all. I have no doubt that this group of teachers is having a great 2015-2016 school year, sometimes stepping out of their comfort zones, and navigating new waters with the goal to provide engaging and enriching learning experiences, that will help their students develop a lifelong love of learning. The following photos were taken during the teacher training workshop. For more information about the science and STEM teacher training sessions I offer year-round throughout the nation and world contact me via the contact page.