Science in the preschool classroom
Children have a natural curiosity about the world from the moment they are born. They are inbred with a set desire to explore and discover. Einstein himself said that curiosity is more important than knowledge. The kind of curious fascination that a child has with the world is a special time in human development that is important for the teacher to honor. Young children have keen observation skills and scientific minds that are fine-tuned to finding out how things work. Science in the preschool class is in everything.
Science preschool lesson plans and materials are available from littlelearner.com for immediate download and printout. Choose from a myriad of science-based thematic units specific to children ages 3 to 6.
A pioneer in early childhood education, Maria Montessori believed that experience with real objects should always proceed before learning the names or looking at pictures of things. This is why whenever teachers are using the materials from this site remember that they are best to be used as extensions to more hands-on and manipulative materials. That said, it is very important for the young child to learn the proper names of things and with matching cards and the like, children are able to add to their growing vocabulary in science among other things.
Science, the study of the structure and the behavior of the natural world – well, you could say – is the entire pull moving the child ahead in the world. With a bit of preparation, the right age-appropriate materials and intelligence, it is the teacher who has the good fortune of being able to set up that exciting environment for the child to explore.
Creating the perfect environment for the young child is a task that only the teacher can bring into the classroom. Make the process of teaching a bit easier and a little less time-consuming with pre-made preschool science lessons. Carefully and specially designed lesson plans available here for download and immediate print out of organized thematic science units and more.
Create sensorial-based, science experiences for the young child within the classroom. Expose children to a range of things they can touch, taste, feel, hear and smell with their 5 senses. Doing this will evoke the spontaneous expression within the child to ask questions like: “What is this?” “How does it work?” just a few of the questions that are basic to science. These are questions whereby children reach out to discover how to find and discover for themselves about the world. Provided the right prepared classroom environment, young chlldren are sure to flourish.