early years

STEM in the Early Years

How do you find good science resources to use with young children? To Pin or Not to Pin? Choosing, Using, and Sharing High Quality STEM Resources sets out a tool that teachers can use to evaluate STEM activities. The questions in the tool focus on children’s active engagement with opportunities to ask questions, define problems,… Read more

Music and the Early Years

Discover the benefits of music for young children in the Is your baby getting enough music? Mini Parenting Master Class. Find musical activities for children in our Tuning Into Music: Listen! Make! Move! resources. Family literacy programs can borrow the Family Literacy Kit: Music with picture books, activity books and musical instruments from the Decoda… Read more

Brain-Building Serve and Return

This new how-to video from the Harvard Center on the Developing Child illustrates five steps that parents and other caregivers can use to help build a child’s brain. 5 Steps for Brain-Building Serve and Return is an accompanying parent information sheet. To learn more about the importance of responsive relationships, read Serve and Return.

Exploring STEM through Play

Looking for STEM activities for young children? There’s help available in the Decoda Library. Here’s a sample of what you can borrow: To borrow these titles or get more suggestions (there’s lots more available!), email library@decoda.ca. This library service is available to all adults in BC.

Screen Sense

What role should screen media play in the life of very young children? Screen Sense, a new resource series from Zero to Three, helps answer that question. Screen Sense: What the Research Says About the Impact of Media on Children Aged 0-3 Years Old  summarizes the recent research. (Read the Executive Summary here.) The research… Read more

The Roots of STEM Success

Even before a child’s first birthday, she is capable of making inferences, drawing conclusions about cause and effect, and reasoning about the probability of events. These roots, which lay the groundwork for later abstract reasoning, must be encouraged through engagement and play in order for inherent tendencies to develop into lifelong STEM thinking skills. (The… Read more

From Cries to Conversation

How does language develop in the early years? This video from Zero to Three shows how and offers suggestions on what parents can do to promote communication skills. From Cries to Conversations from ZEROTOTHREE on Vimeo. To learn more about helping build language skills in children from birth to three years old, visit the Language… Read more