Session at a Glance

Topic Description Estimated Time (In Minutes)
Arrival Activity Students make estimates about how many objects are in the Estimation Jar. They make observations about the range of guesses and share how they formulated their estimates. They discuss how estimation jar activities can help young children practice and develop mathematical skills and concepts. 15
Welcome, Announcements, and Agenda Give a general overview of the session and any relevant announcements, and provide time for sharing. 5
Math Focus: Counting Students explore the big ideas about counting. They use M&M® candies, or other items, to gain understanding of the four principles of rational counting. They watch and discuss three Erikson videos of children at different levels of ability with counting. 40
Discussion: Language and Literacy Development Through Science and Math Students read and discuss sections from a research-based policy brief about how early math and science experiences support language and literacy development. 20
Discussion: Life Science in Early Childhood Students engage in a “thought swap” about life science with young children and are introduced to the goals of life science in early childhood. 20
Science Focus: Exploring Trees Students experience tree explorations as a simple, but powerful way to connect children to the natural world. They participate in the exemplar activity: Exploring Trees, going outside to observe a real tree if possible. They explore features of leaves and make leaf rubbings. 40
Looking Ahead to Next Session Discuss the homework and reading assignment to be completed before next session, and address the materials that the students will be responsible for bringing. 10


Student Learning Goals

  • Understand the difference between rote and rational counting.
  • Become familiar with the principles of rational counting.
  • Recognize how early science and math experiences support language and literacy development.
  • Develop a sense of wonder and positive attitudes towards life science concepts through exploring trees and leaves.
Student instructors make observations of sense and wonder by touching a tree.