Teaching the Course

If you’re looking for a course that will engage your ECE undergraduate students in guided discovery, inquiry-based, hands on learning in a collaborative environment, then you’ve come to the right place! Use the checklist below to determine if the ELMS course is right for you. If it looks like a good fit, we suggest that you read the Course Introduction for Instructors which provides a detailed introduction to the course philosophy and approach and describes the different instructional resources, found on this website, that will support you in teaching the course.

Students will learn how to…

  • make science and math part of daily routines, activities, and interactions in early childhood classrooms.
  • create an environment in which children are eager to explore and learn about science and math.
  • plan and provide developmentally appropriate early learning experiences in science and math.
  • integrate science and math with each other and with other developmental domains.
  • involve families in supporting their child’s growth in science and math.
  • use early childhood science and math standards (instructor can customize to reflect appropriate state guidelines).
  • identify as lifelong learners of math and science and expand their own conceptual understandings in these subjects.

Checklist: Is This Course Right for You?

Instructor Requirements

  • Enthusiasm for early science and math
  • Understanding of constructivist teaching methods
  • Ability to model developmentally appropriate teaching strategies
  • Commitment to collaborative learning practices
  • Appreciation of the value of hands-on experiences for adult learners
  • Openness to learning along with your students

Space and Equipment Requirements

  • Classroom space with tables where students can work in small groups
  • Access to water (A sink in the room is ideal as water is used in several sessions.)
  • Laptop, projector, speakers, access to internet and projection screen
  • Small budget ($100-$150) to purchase materials (Some can likely be borrowed.)