I'm here one more time bringing you the blog hop series with the collaboration of wonderful bloggers who will be sharing with you their Science Learning Center.
The science center looks like an open invitation to become a scientist. It changes with the seasons and appeals to the students' interests. This center is all about exploration, investigation, and meaningful hands-on experiences that involve the senses.
After an apple-tasting activity, the students graphed their favorite apples.
An engaging science center in early childhood should be open, inviting, innovative, and one that promotes critical thinking in young learners. This center is important because develops early thinking, fosters children's curiosity, and develops scientific inquiry. In this learning center, young children learn to explore, make observations, engage in investigations, compare and classify living and non-living things, and think of questions they want to learn more about.
The students record their observation of a plant after learning
about their life cycle and what it needs to grow.
Science is everywhere, therefore the materials need to promote science in early childhood are endless. At the moment in my science area we have: a fish, pinecones, rocks, twigs, leaves and insects for exploration. We also have kinesthetic sand with a variety of tools for investigation. Our science center even extends to our playground where we plat seeds and take care of our new garden and make observations of plants and nature.
We also have a variety of puzzles, science book,s and magazines along with clipboards and paper to record observations. Measuring tools, safety goggles and masks are also available to the little scientists.
Regularly, we have an experiment available for children to continue fostering their curiosity. We have had magnets and a variety of materials to test out, sink and float materials, ramps and cars to explore speed and cause and effect, and life cycle activities.
Exploring a variety of materials with magnets.
Taking care of a living thing.
The role of the teacher in the science center is to encourage children to produce questions. The teacher should promote critical thinking and scientific inquiry to promote science discoveries in the classroom and wherever they go.
The students learned about recycling and how it helps the Earth.
Before hand, we placed recyclable materials around our school
campus and did a recycling walk. The students worked together to collect recyclable materials. Once in the classroom, we sorted our
findings into plastic, paper, and aluminum.
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