Peggy Ashbrook

I write the Early Years column in Science and Children and am interested in bringing the early childhood education world and the science educator world closer together through collaborations. Add your expertise or questions to the NSTA Early Years blog at




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Recent Posts by Peggy

Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:26 AM in Technology inside the classroom
Hi Jocelyn, Consider how your students can use technology to create some kind of communication about their understandings of science concepts. Being creators rather than passive consumers supports children's learning. Here is a digital book, created by adults, that might give you some ideas about what children can do at their beginning levels.

Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:55 AM in Transitioning from STEM to STEAM in the elementary classroom
Planning STEM learning that incorporates science, engineering, and math while developing or using technology doesn't exclude learning about art or topics in social studies, and social-emotional and reading skills. Also, a label doesn’t make a lesson a “STEM” lesson, it’s what the children do and learn that makes it STEM. Elementary educators may have to dedicate time to focus on a single ar...

Sun Oct 22, 2017 3:29 PM in Building Kites 10 day unit
See this "20 Kites 20 Kids 20 Minutes" kite from Big Wind Kites. I have used it with 4 year olds who can do the first fold, draw on the paper to decorate their kite, cut the length of string, and use the hole punch to make a hole to tie the string. We often used a stapler to attach the string because the children were able to use staplers more easily than the hole punch. They were able to cut a le...

Recent Public Collections by Peggy

The Early Years: Where Did the Water Go?
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Safety First: Modeling Safety in Clay Use
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Assessing Students’ Ideas About Plants
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Students' Ideas About Plants: Results from a National Study
Type: Journal Article


4 Resources

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Working with Young Children--Questions and questioning.pdf
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