Encouraging STEAM Skills in Children’s Play
Little STEAMers is a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) based enrichment program for preschool children ages 3 to 5. Designed to offer integrative learning experiences for young students, Little STEAMers seeks support and enrich the preschool curriculum by increasing intentional time spent on STEAM activities and encouraging STEAM skills in children’s play.
All activities within the Little STEAMers Projects are aligned with the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards (IELDS) and reflect the ten indicators of effective PreK-3 curriculum as identified by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education (NAECS/SDE). While engaging in activities designed to develop student proficiency in kindergarten readiness mathematics and science skills, the overall design of Little STEAMers is largely play-based and incorporates opportunities for young learners to also build executive function skills essential for social, emotional and academic success through appropriate developmental progression activities.
The Little STEAMers program includes 6 play based curriculum units. Each unit includes the curriculum, a children’s book, all manipulatives, and professional development for each unit.
Pedagogical Methods for Early Learners
IMSA also provides additional Professional Learning Experiences for early childhood educators that focus on specific pedagogical methods appropriate for early learners. Available sessions:
- Subitizing: What, When, Where, How, & Why
- Sorting: Making Sense of Our World
- Drawings in the Pre-K Classroom
- Patterns: Identify, Predict, Extend
- Loose Parts: Meaningful Play
- Introduction to Foundational Science
- Introduction to Foundational Mathematics
The Little STEAMers program was originally developed through generous funding from The Boeing Company to serve the St. Louis Metro Area.