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Worms, Ramps, and a New Chair for Baby Bear: Preschool Science & Engineering

Join us to pump up science in your existing centers with floating gingerbread men, amp up engineering with pin pong ball mazes and ketchup bottle races and set up an observation station where worms take center stage.

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Builders at Work: Tasks and Tools for Developing Preschoolers’ Number Sense

To compute quickly and accurately in later grades, preschoolers need lots of practice putting together and pulling apart numbers. This session highlights part-part-whole ideas, break-apart partners, and number partitions to show how working flexibly with number lays the groundwork for computational fluency. We’ll get hands-on with number composition and decomposition activities that encourage exploration and concept building before introducing purely symbolic representations. Join us to explore a range of open materials such as pan balances, counters, linking cubes, beads, pipe cleaners, and more to help teachers explore over a dozen concept-building tasks.

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The math-positive support of teachers can foster an optimistic math attitude in students—an outcome with long-lasting implications for learning mathematics to a high level.