Math, Science and Technology for Young Children

Math, Science and Technology for Young Children

It’s Game Night at the Early Childhood Education 102 class. The games look like this: board games with brightly colored squares. Big, fuzzy dice to roll. A spinner that takes toddlers and young children to the finish line. Each game was created by a student and based on a book – from Goodnight Moon to The Very Hungry Caterpillar to Dr. Seuss. All of the games have a math concept that included counting, adding and subtracting. The games are meant to help develop little ones’ minds and provoke questions, interest and learning. In essence, the games need to be fun. And that’s a bit of the spirit of this night class, taught on Monday nights, from 6-9pm. Mary Skinner, the instructor and program coordinator, says the class is very hands-on, and was built to be interactive and collaborative – reflective of a child’s classroom. “We model how the students would be as teachers with young children,” Skinner said. The students took turns playing their classmates’ games. “I got it!” one student said, as she moved her pawn forward. “This game is fun,” another said. “Even I would play this, and I’m not a kid.” “Hmmm, this game is not age appropriate,” a student said. “If I was three years old, I would get really frustrated. You will need an adult to assist.” After an hour of playing and discussion, the class of 22 students take a break. They pull out snacks, heat up food, or walk outside for some fresh air. “I’m taking these classes to be a better teacher,” said Mary, 50, who is a preschool and pre-K...