Children are natural scientists, always asking why, endlessly curious about the world around them. There are infinite ways we as educators can ignite their imaginations and feed their natural desire to experiment.
These are just a few ideas for supporting science for kindergarten and early learning in your centre, school or home. Before each experiment, try asking the children what they think will happen to the materials in question. If children are showing an interest in rainclouds or dinosaurs, you don’t need to dull their interests by supplying a teacher led worksheet – allow them to recreate the magic of prehistoric times with a sandpit volcano, or create a rainstorm in a vase.
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Every child starts out as a natural-born scientist, and then we bore it out of them. A few trickle through the system with their wonder and enthusiasm for science intact.
– Carl Sagan
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