Geometry in Early Childhood – Podcast Episode 139 | Classnotes Podcast 139
Classnotes Podcast (May 7, 2014) Often, we think of preschool children learning their shapes rather than learning geometry. But of course that is what they are doing. But we can make that learning of geometry so much deeper through the use of storytelling. In this podcast episode, Nilka Avilés, Ed.D., an IDRA senior education associate, describes how storytelling can help students make observations, apply that knowledge to real-world experiences and build critical thinking skills.
She uses one of IDRA’s bilingual Semillitas de Aprendizaje stories, Dos Pollitas Listas ~ Two Smart Chicks, as a model to show how the stories go beyond literacy development to make connections to STEM learning. Nilka is interviewed by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed., IDRA senior education associate.
Show length: 14:01
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Dos Pollitas Listas ~ Shaping up with Geometry, PowerPoint presentation.
Adapted from a presentation at the National Migrant Education Conference, April 9, 2014
Dos Pollitas Listas ~ Shaping up with Geometry from IDRAedu
Building Interest in STEM through Language Development and Storytelling
Juanita García, Ph.D., IDRA Newsletter, January 2014
Semillitas de Aprendizaje
Semillitas de aprendizaje is a unique bilingual (Spanish/English) set of early childhood materials by the Intercultural Development Research Association that is based on the art of storytelling. Semillitas de aprendizaje focuses on literacy development and has culturally-relevant materials for 3- and 4-year-old children. The series includes a set of 10 big books, a set of 10 corresponding small readers, cartitas series – letters home with family activities, a set of 15 preschool math and self concept books, and a curriculum for teachers. The big books are the first in series available for purchase.
See more at:http://www.idra.org/resource-center/bilingual-stories-for-young-learners/
Using Semillitas de aprendizaje™ in the Early Childhood Classroom
Juanita García, Ph.D., and Rosana G. Rodríguez, IDRA Newsletter, April 2011
Hickory, Dickory, Dock…Critical Thinking and an Old Clock: Cultivating Thought with a Timeless Children’s Story
Juanita García, Ph.D., IDRA Newsletter, January 2009
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