Yesterday I went to one of my favorite sessions of this conference (so far!): STEM Storytimes Extenders, part of ALSC’s Preschool Discussion Group. Amy Koester of the fabulous blog The Show Me Librarian gave us some great ideas about how to incorporate STEM elements into the storytimes we’re already doing, as well as how to develop specific STEM programming for little ones. Participants were encouraged to share ideas and it added greatly to the discussion!
Some ideas I’ll be bringing back to my library include:
- Exploring STEM concepts through the books we’re already using in storytime by asking questions and elaborating
- Including STEM activities and science vocabulary (use a children’s dictionary for simple definitions!) on take-home sheets
- Creating STEM stations in programs or as passive activitieI to the department for kids and parents to explore together
I got MANY more great ideas at this session, which I’m eager to take back and try at my library, as evidenced from the jam-packed set of notes I took (see the top of this post!).