Volume 2, Issue 11
In This Issue
Math and Science
Promoting the Development of Scientific Thinking
Simple Science Experiments for the Early Childhood Classroom
Enrollment Events
Welcome to the ChildCare Education Institute November Newsletter.  This month CCEI discusses Math and Science.

Creating a sense of curiosity about nature, building a knowledge of cause and effect, testing and retesting through play...science is sensational!  Weather, energy, matter, mammals, mass, motion...science terms conjure up all kinds of ideas (or feelings of dread!) in teachers' minds. 

Studying science in the elementary and high school years requires using abstract thinking skills, deductive logic, and inductive logic in order to analyze information and solve problems.  Preschool children do not yet have those thinking skills.  However, just as we do pre-reading and pre-math activities with young children, it is also appropriate to give children the opportunity to experience the discovery of information about the world through "pre-science" activities.  These activities give children the opportunity to develop logical thinking skills such as cause and effect, sequencing, classification, and problem solving in a hands-on, stimulating environment that focuses on the process of discovery rather than the explanation of facts.

Science is the study of nature, the natural world, and its properties.  It is a body of knowledge gained from experimentation and exploration.  This information is gained by both a presentation of known facts and experimentation.  Preschool science involves much more than terms and definitions.  It involves guiding children to explore their world in order to observe, organize, test, and process information.

Science is the study of nature, the natural world, and its properties.  It is a body of knowledge gained from experimentation and exploration.  This information is gained by both a presentation of known facts and experimentation.  Preschool science involves much more than terms and definitions.  It involves guiding children to explore their world in order to observe, organize, test, and process information.

Appropriate science activities help young children develop problem solving and critical thinking skills.  These activities teach children to carefully inspect and observe, to ask questions, to experiment, to research, and to analyze information.  As we know from the current research on brain development, such skills are crucial for maximizing each individual's potential in logical thinking.

For young children, developmentally appropriate science is the discovery of information through the exploration of real materials.  Children learn by touching, tasting, feeling, seeing, and hearing the world around them.  By investigating their world, they explore, classify, sort, test, formulate conclusions, and learn. 
  Through the "transfer of learning," the
  skills that children gain in discovery science
  apply to many areas of their development
  and integrate learning in other discovery
  areas and experiences.

  To learn more about methods that can be
  used to enhance your classroom science
  activities, log on to CCEI440, Sensational
  Science, and make science in your early
  childhood classroom SENSATIONAL!

You can continue your professional growth by participating in the CCEI Online Discussion Thread.  Share your ideas for implementing science activities that help develop pre-science skills in the preschool classroom.

Promoting the Development of Scientific Thinking
By Ruth Wilson, Ph. D.
  Some people think of science as learning
  facts about the world around us.  Others
  think of science and other ways of knowing
  as "having wonderful ideas" (Duckworth,
  1987).  The latter view of science and ways
  of knowing match the characteristics of
  young children as learners.  Young children
  are naturally curious and passionate about
  learning (Raffini, 1993).  In their pursuit of
  knowledge, they're prone to poking, pulling,
  tasting, pounding, shaking, and
  experimenting.  "From birth, children want to
  learn and they naturally seek out problems to
  solve"(Lind, 1999, pg. 79).  Read Article

Printed Courtesy of Early Childhood News
 
Simple Science Experiments for the Early Childhood Classroom
By Jon Keil
  Teaching simple science is the art of taking a
  big idea and explaining it in an age
  appropriate manner using easy, practical, and
  fun experiments.  With all the demands on the
  early classroom teacher, the emphasis is on
  "easy".  This article contains a number of
  simple science experiments for the young
  children in your program.  Read Article

  Printed Courtesy of Early Childhood News
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