Lewisville, N.C. – A new Gryphon House book merges the hot topics of play-based learning and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in early childhood classrooms. STEM Play: Integrating Inquiry into Learning Centers offers early childhood educators easy, fun, and hands-on activities to incorporate into their classrooms.
With beautiful, full-color photos throughout the book, teachers and caregivers will see real preschool students interacting with scales, anatomy models, microscopes, and more, turning preschool learning centers into creative STEM stations.
“Play has been established as a major avenue of learning for young children, and learning centers provide opportunities for engaging, educational play time,” says Deirdre Englehart, EdD, coauthor of the book. “Although integrating STEM into learning centers is relatively new, we find that it exposes young children to a problem-solving approach to learning that aligns with their own curiosity and prepares them for future STEM learning.”
STEM Play offers activities to create common learning centers through the lens of developmentally appropriate STEM lessons. Teachers can easily use the book’s ideas immediately in their curriculum, and expand on the STEM focus with a “how-to” section with activities for each learning center: art, blocks, dramatic play, literacy, math, science, music and movement.
STEM Play will be released in September.
ISBN 978-0-87659-402-5; 174 pp., PB; $24.95.
About the Authors
Deirdre Englehart, EdD, University of Central Florida
Debby Mitchell, EdD, retired, University of Central Florida
Junie Albers-Biddle, EdD, University of Central Florida
Kelly Jennings-Towle, EdD, University of Central Florida
Marnie Forestieri, Amazing Explorers Academy and the STEM Squad LLC