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Course Number:
ECE 232
Course Title:
Math and Science for Young Children
Credit Hours:
3
Lecture Hours:
30
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
0

Course Description

Explores strategies to actively engage infants through preschool-age children in science and math concepts. Covers planning experiences that are meaningful, challenging, developmentally and culturally appropriate for indoor and outdoor classrooms. Connects everyday knowledge and skills to math and science. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Field trip to either Children's Museum or OMSI.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Describe math and science content with infants through preschool-age children.
  • Create appropriate experiences and research-based teaching for mathematical and scientific concepts, methods, and language for indoor and outdoor classrooms for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.
  • Develop curricular examples to encourage children’s curiosity, imagination, flexibility, inventiveness, and persistence.
  • Encourage preschool children to ask questions, conduct investigations, collect data, and look for answers.
  • Provide math and science opportunities and investigations relevant to infant and toddler development.
  • Develop math curriculum which includes integrating the knowledge of social, emotional, physical, cognitive, language development, developmentally and culturally appropriate pedagogy.
  • Use child-centered and project-based learning relevant to infants, toddlers and preschool age children.

Course Activities and Design

Individual reading, PowerPoint presentations, videos, case study, small and large groups, in-class presentations  online activity plans, documentation boards field tip to  Children's Museum and OMSI and Teacher Action Research,parent newsletter focused and science and math, connecting math and science to social, cognitive, emotional, physical, language development

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Action Teacher Research (defining a problem, developing questions, gather, analyzing and interpret data, and take action) connected to the course outcomes.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Reflective Teaching
  • Constructivist theory
  • Mathematical and science content for infants through preschool age
  • Identify community and online resources for math and science
  • Define developmentally and culturally appropriate
  • Research-based teaching for mathematical and scientific concepts, methods, and language for indoor and outdoor classrooms.
  • Learning invitations ("provocations)
  • Develop children’s curiosity, imagination, flexibility, inventiveness, and persistence
  • Prepares children to ask questions, conduct investigations, collect data, and look for answers
  • Integrate knowledge of social, emotional, physical, cognitive, language development.
  • Documenting children's learning link to math and science concepts, methods and language