We have been enjoying a few sunny days here in Sydney. While there is still the definite chill of winter in the air, it has been nice enough to get outside and enjoy the parks. We weren’t the only ones out and about having fun – these Corellas seemed to be having a great time too!
Science, Technology Engineering and Maths
For the uninitiated, the acronym STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths.
STEAM learning is cross-disciplinary, with an emphasis on problem solving. STEAM Play & Learn contains 20 fun step-by-step preschool projects about science technology, engineering art and maths. As the introduction to the book states “At the preschool level, this doesn’t mean trying to teach your kids robotics and engineering, but rather presenting them with open-ended projects that allow them to problem solve, make mistakes, get creative, and most of all, have fun.” The projects are things like a colour mixing lab, citrus volcanoes, a pool noodle marble run and marble mazes.
Animals dominate this month’s picture book roundup. We’ve had all kinds of fun with books about tigers, wombats, penguins, dinosaurs, seals, cats, a moose, a pig in a wig… we have even had a book about a whole house becoming a zoo! Hannah loves animals of all shapes and sizes, so she has been well-and-truly spoilt for choice. Welcome to the June 2018 Picture Book Roundup!
Last week I posted my photos from pre-dawn Cronulla. I took the photos with my smartphone after my run. In that post I moaned about not throwing my DSLR into the back of the car, so that I could have captured some better shots.
This week I actually remembered to pack the camera! I’m pleased that I did. The winter sky again put on a show of brilliant colours well before the sun appeared. If this isn’t motivation enough to get out of bed and go for a run, I don’t know what is! Soaking in the stunning scenes along the Cronulla foreshore is definitely the best part!
Last Thursday marked the shortest day of the year in the Southern Hemisphere – the winter solstice. From now on, every morning will be just that little bit lighter. The cold will stick around for a while, but there is now the promise of summer on the horizon.