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Describe including shape, size, numbercompare, sort, classify, and order. Record observations using words, pictures, charts, and graphs. Use a variety of simple tools to extend observations. Identify patterns and relationships.
Develop tentative explanations and ideas. Work collaboratively with others. Share and discuss ideas and listen to new perspectives. This description of the practice of doing science is quite different from some of the science work in evidence in many classrooms where there may be a science table on which sit interesting objects and materials, along with observation and measurement tools such as magnifiers and balances.
Too often the work stops there, and little is made of the observations children make and the questions they raise.
Another form of science is activity-based science where children engage in a variety of activities that generate excitement and interest but that rarely lead to deeper thinking.
There are a multitude of science activity books that support this form of science in the classroom. Thematic units and projects are yet other vehicles for science work in the classroom. These can be rich and challenging; however, they may not have a focus on science.
Transportation or a study of the neighborhood are typical examples that have the potential for engaging children in interesting science but frequently focus more on concepts of social studies.
If these projects or themes are to truly engage students in science, care needs to be taken to be sure that science is in the foreground, and the integration with other subject matter is appropriate and related to the science.
Science Content With an of the practice of science that guides how we approach science inquiry in the early childhood classroom, we turn to the question of the content of science for this age.
There are many phenomena that can be explored, many questions to be explored, many basic concepts to be introduced, and many topics to choose from, so rather than make a list of possible subject matter and topics, following are key criteria for guiding decisions about topic selection.
At the core of inquiry-based science is direct exploration of phenomena and materials. Thus, the first criterion is that phenomena selected for young children must be available for direct exploration and drawn from the environment in which they live.
The study of snails is an example of an exploration that meets these criteria. Others include light and shadow, moving objects, structures, and plant and animal life cycles.
Examples of some that do not meet these criteria include such popular topics as dinosaurs or space travel. Other topics often chosen in early childhood classrooms such as the rain forest or animals of the Arctic polar bears and penguins may be based in appropriate concepts habitat, physical characteristics, and adaptation of animalsbut these too lack the possibility for direct engagement.
Topics such as these need not be excluded. They can be the subject of important dramatic play, elaborate discussion, and exploration using books and other secondary sources. The problem arises when they take time away from or substitute for inquiry-based science experiences.
Such an experience provides a base from which children will gradually develop an understanding of adaptation and evolution. Working with balls on ramps is yet another example where skillfully guided experiences build a foundation for later understanding of forces and motion.
A third criterion is that the focus of science be on concepts that are developmentally appropriate and can be explored from multiple perspectives, in depth, and over time.Preschoolers will be able to practice memorizing their colors and strengthen their counting skills by completing this activity.
How many colors does a rainbow have?
Early Childhood Research & Practice is in the process of moving to the early childhood special education program at Loyola University Chicago after 17 years at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Teaching preschoolers to use computers — along with their parents A program to help low-income parents learn alongside their children in the hope that they will encourage more productive screen time.
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Using materials from any home or classroom, these activities are easy to follow and memorable. Once you've mastered these, try preschool reading activities. Daniel Bible Lessons for Children. One Faith, One God Lessons, Nativity Puppets, Paper Nativity About Daniel the Prophet.
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