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  • POSTED: Video from Nov. collaboration

    We have posted the video of our November Early Childhood Science Interest Forum and Young Children and Nature Interest Forum collaboration.  If you didn't have a chance to watch it live, we encourage you to check it out.  Shelia Williams Ridge and Anna Dutke provided an evening of informative, and provocative conversation about taking your students outdoors.  Remember, "there's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing! 
    To view the recording, please visit the file "ECSIF/YC&NIF collaboration" in our resource library. We've also added a document containing the links and sites discussed.  Happy viewing!
  • An Exciting Change for the November ECSIF Zoom Meeting

    Hello, Early Childhood Science IF, Young Children and Nature IF, and early childhood educators!

    Do you have questions about how to hold classes outdoors in all weather? Do you have advice and strategies to share with other early childhood educators about the best practices of being outside with a class? Our November monthly meeting will be an exciting and informative joint meeting where Sheila Williams Ridge and Anna Dutke, experts in outdoor education, will join us to discuss and answer questions about early childhood education in the outdoors. We hope that you can be part of this November Zoom Meeting, Tuesday the 17th, at 7:30pm EDT.

    Sheila Williams Ridge is the Director of the Shirley G. Moore Lab School at the University of Minnesota. She is a facilitator for the NAEYC Young Children and Nature Interest Forum, a board member for the Minneapolis Nature Preschool, and a member of the Natural Start Alliance Council. She is also co-author of the book, Nature-Based Learning for Young Children: Anytime, Anywhere, on Any Budget, published by Redleaf Press and is passionate about encouraging nature-based play and the lasting developmental benefits of a relationship between children and nature.

    Anna Dutke is a Nature Preschool teacher in Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools, a public school district in Minnesota. Anna is a member of the Natural Start Alliance Council and is actively involved in supporting outdoor learning in Minnesota schools and early childhood programs through MnECO, Minnesota Early Childhood Outdoors, and the "Teach Outdoors! Minnesota" project.

    Get to know these experts by visiting their online pages:

    Sheila Williams Ridge  
    Anna Dutke 

    Our monthly meetings have become a great source of comfort and camaraderie during this prolonged separation.  We hope to see you there!

    Have a specific question you're excited to see answered?  You can also post your questions ahead of time on the NAEYC Hello Open Discussion Forum thread, “Joint Nov Meeting ECSIF & Young Children and Nature IF.”
  • October ECSIF Zoom Meeting

    Good morning, ECSIF Members!  It's time, again, for our monthly meeting.  We hope that you will join us at our October Zoom Meeting, Thursday the 22nd, at 7:30pm EDT. We will continue to share our resources, and we will discuss Interest Forum duties and responsibilities.   We will also discuss a few articles and the possibility of future guest speakers. These meetings have become a great source of comfort and camaraderie during this prolonged separation.  We hope to see you there!


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  • September ECSIF Zoom Meeting

    It's that time again, Early Childhood Science Interest Forum members!  We hope that you will join us at our September Zoom Meeting, Thursday, September 24th, at 7:30pm EDT. We will continue to share our resources, and we will discuss Interest Forum duties and responsibilities. These meetings have become a great source of comfort and camaraderie.
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Welcome to the Early Childhood Science Interest Forum of NAEYC!
The NAEYC Early Childhood Science Interest Forum intends to connect early childhood educators—those who are new to science and those who are passionate about teaching it—for the purpose of creating a national dialogue around issues related to science teaching and learning.
The forum’s overall goals are to:
• build understanding of the nature of quality science teaching and learning;
• promote public understanding of the importance of inquiry-based science curriculum and appropriate content and an awareness of what all young children are capable of doing and learning;
• provide opportunities for the exchange of effective strategies and quality materials for teaching science;
• identify and provide resources to AEYC Affiliates when they want to plan science-related professional development opportunities or other science-related events;
• support efforts to expand professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators; and
• establish and maintain a collaborative relationship with other professional organizations with similar goals, such as the National Science Teachers Association, the Council for Elementary Science Education, and the Association of Constructivist Teaching.
Join us! The NAEYC Early Childhood Science Interest Forum (ECSIF) provides an opportunity for early childhood educators to network with others about teaching science, explore what is appropriate content, discuss what young children are capable of doing and learning, exchange effective strategies and materials, and learn about resources for boosting inquiry‐based science in early childhood.
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