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You're already doing many math and science activities with children. What's lacking is intentionality: planning a program or series of programs that incorporate math and science vocabulary, concepts and skills.

You'll find many activities online or in books for young children. However, as you review these activities, ask yourself:

Where's the science? Where's the math?

Is there intentional use of appropriate vocabulary?

Can you match the activity to a math or science standard?

Does the activity help children practice the process skills of science?

Are there opportunities for data collection? For counting? Recognizing shapes and patterns?

As you become more familiar with the standards, processes and skills and use them in your planning and programming, it becomes easy to find science and math extensions in almost any picture book.



Have you always wanted to incorporate math and science into your library programming and resources? What's the BIG Idea?™ will help you make math and science connections to the programs you're already doing with young children and their families. It will help you bring science and mathematics content, skills and processes to almost any interaction you have with them.

With What's the BIG Idea?™ you will:

• Increase the number of children attending your programs
• Get children excited about math and science
• Use hands-on activities to make books come alive
• Meet national and local education standards
• Have fun!

Children learn math and science by doing math and science. They need to ask questions, have discussions, explore using a variety of materials, collect data and talk about what they're doing. Picture books are a powerful tool to help introduce children to math and science. Make your story hours come alive with math and science activities for young children and their families.

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What's the history of What's the BIG Idea?™

What does the research say about What's the BIG Idea?™



This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0514746. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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