Dr. Debby Mitchell, EdD, recently retired from teaching in the College of Education at University of Central Florida. Her doctorate is in physical education with a focus on early childhood. Her expertise and interests include: STEAM, brain research, developmentally appropriate movement activities and music, dance and rhythms, children's wellness, obesity and integrating technology into the curriculum. Marnie Forestieri, CDA, is the Chief Learning Officer and Co-founder at Amazing Explorers Academy(R), Early Learning Childhood Centers with a focus on 21st Century skills and STEAM. She is an entrepreneur and a writer with a passion for STEM education and innovation. Marnie has been recognized in the industry nationally including finalist of the award "Director of the year," and the winner of the "Center of the Year" by FACCM.
As a mother, teacher, and writer/illustrator of children's books, I have a good idea of what appeals to children. They are innately curious and employ all of their five senses to learn about the world around them. Simple STEAM:50+ Science Technology Engineering Art Math Activities for Ages 3 to 6 by Marnie Forestieri and Debby Mitchell encourages them to do just that. The 50+ activities included in this book will inspire young children with hands-on experiments they can perform at home with their parents/ caregivers. The adult is considered a co-learner and collaborator. Together they will explore the pillars of 21st Century education: science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Critical thinking skills, collaboration and observation are all important foundations for successful learners and future leaders. The activities are fun, well-planned, and easy to follow. The adults will be relieved to find that they need not be a scientist or mathematician to be able to guide their youngster through the experiments, in fact they may even learn something along with their child! Asking questions and actively engaging the child while working alongside deepens the level of understanding. This experiential learning allows mistakes to happen which resonates with children and provides valuable opportunities to explore, observe, hypothesize, and question. -- (04/20/2018) Simple STEAM: 50+ Science Technology Engineering Art Math Activities for Ages 3-6 by Marnie Forestieri and Debby Mitchell is a wonderful resource for parents and educators of young children. With colorful pictures, easy to follow instructions, and fun activities, this is sure to be a resource that will help parents and teachers connect with their children in fun and creative ways. Using materials that you already have on hand, the activities can be completed in just a few minutes and the children learn invaluable lessons. Science, technology, engineering, art and math are not just boring school subjects; they are fun tools needed and used in everyday life! This is a book I can't highly recommend to anyone who works with or parents young children.-- (04/06/2018) It's rare to find a book that is exciting and easy to use for both educators and parents. Simple STEAM: 50+ Science Technology Engineering Art Math Activities for Ages 3 to 6 is just that - an excellent, easy to read, and even easier to use tool to engage and excite children, in the classroom and at home, in STEAM activities. With its beautiful pictures and eye catching layout, this book is as attractive as it is informative. While the book is aimed at 3 to 6 year-olds, my 7 and 10 year-old children eagerly picked up the book and quickly made a list of activities they want to do together! This book can easily be modified by the educator or parent to make it a valuable learning tool for early learning and elementary aged children. After reviewing the activities and lessons in Simple STEAM, I immediately incorporated into my professional library of resources and will be using it for activities to keep my children active and learning over the summer break. Its innovative and entertaining ideas are sure to make learning fun!-- (03/26/2018)