How many acronyms do you think I can fit in one headline? As with any library event, the possibilities for acronyms are endless. All the acronyms represented at the panel I just attended deserved equal mention in the title, since they’re all equally important to a children’s librarian.
“Has your library been infected by the STEM disease yet?” was the question that kicked off the Every Child Ready to Read: Fun With Math and Science panel, and the answer as far as my library is concerned is “yes, yes, yes!” Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math programs are sweeping the nation, and this panel presented on ways to incorporate STEM into programs for the youngest of patrons, especially 2 – 5 year olds.
Using ECRR techniques that most children’s librarians are already familiar with, you can incorporate STEM activities like sorting, matching, sequencing, and proportion into all your early childhood storytimes. Through a judicious use of counting songs, stories that follow a sequence (for example, a story about how to bake a cake), and simple activities like playing with proportional wooden blocks, your library can take advantage of a current educational trend (and the funding and good press that goes along with it)!