Program of STEM - Jan - May 2019

STEM Units 4, 5, and 6 : Preschoolers in every classroom will be instructed in 6 units each year; these units of instruction represent the school's comprehensive plan for high-quality, STEM-based inquiry, which are taught in all classrooms.  These 6 units of STEM are different than the previous year’s units so that children are being exposed to 12 units of STEM over a 2-year cycle of learning. Additionally, there are weeks in between units when students can study interest-based topics determined by the teacher. 

We structure our teaching staff into four teams, and together they collaboratively develop units of inquiry, integrating STEM principles, the Design Thinking Process, Creative Curriculum, Colorado Department of Education standards for preschool learning, high-quality preschool environmental components, and the Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment.  The three teams then share their planning tools, materials, templates, and resources with one another, with each team developing the unit even further than the previous team. 

During the second half of the school year, we will be focusing our STEM units and design challenges on these topics, in various orders, depending on your child’s teacher. We are seeking any experts from our parents, or connections our parents have, to support, extend, and enrich the learning opportunities with guest speakers, demonstrations, models, simulations, etc. while at school.  Please talk to your child’s teacher if you have ideas for any of these topics!

Here's the SECOND half of the year program of STEM for the '18-'19 school year:

 

Jan 7 -Feb 14, 2019

Feb 19 - Mar 22, 2019

Apr 8 - May 17, 2019

Ms. Kiersten, Ms. Amy

Making Music

Buildings

Life Cycles of plants and Insects

Ms. Sarah, Ms. Jess, and Ms. Tori

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Making Music

Buildings

Ms. Piper, Ms. Holly, and Ms. Marie

Life Cycles of plants and Insects

Family and Friends

Simple Machines

Ms. Nicky, Ms. Jo, and Ms. Rachel

Family and Friends 

Simple Machines 

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle