Thursday, August 23, 2012

Science in Kindergarten + Preschool

photo of: Science for Young Children, Preschool + Kindergarten Experiments (RoundUP via RainbowsWIthinReach)

STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Math!
Is your school district expanding it's emphasis on STEM projects? 
Are your parents asking about STEM goals for your year ahead? 
Are you on the lookout for STEM to integrate with young children? 
Let's begin today with S = Science!
How can we use science to enhance creativity? 

photo of: Science in Kindergarten: Handwritten Knowledge Base

SCIENCE! Did someone say science?? 
What does 'science' look like for our youngest? 
Science is literally all around us waiting our further exploration. 

photo of: Make Math Meaningful with Weather Chart
Simple Weather Graph

photo of: Math Journals in Kindergarten: Weather Graphing

Keeping track of the weather is an obvious science exploration that can begin quite simply in preschool with observation and documentation. These charts can be expanded upon through out kindergarten and the early grades. These are examples of kindergarten graphs kept over the course of the entire school year in individual science notebooks. 

photo of: Make Math Meaningful in Kindergarten: Weather Graphing

What about those amazing botany experiments of yore? Delayed gratification and science all rolled into one biology experiment on the window. Solar greenhouse, anyone? 

photo of: Seeds and Science: Classic Experiment of Seeds Growing in a Baggie on the Window

photo of: Creating Science Exploration in Early Childhood Preschool Classrooms

And of course there is always the incubator-in-the-spring that is always brand new and full of anticipation for young children. 

photo of: Science Meets Math with Ladybug Graphing in Kindergarten Project

photo of: Preschool Labeled Drawings of Spring Creatures

photo of: Science Table of Insect specimens for Examination in Preschool

One of the best things about science in the mind of the young child? 
There are COOL TOOLS!!

photo of: Science Exploration in Preschool with Magnifying Glass and Shell Collection

photo of: Science Tools for Young Children: Magnifying Glass for Exploration + Examination (RoundUP via RainbowsWIthinReach)

photo of: Science Tools for Preschool: Binoculars for Exploration

photo of: Science Tools for Preschool Classroom: Magnets for Exploration (RoundUP via RainbowsWIthinReach)

Combining magnets and children is just a short extrapolation beyond the combination of peanut butter and jelly. I have this same exact set of scientific tools in my workshop. Seriously. I never tire of chasing those magnetic colorful spheres around.

In case this is your first time here -- I'm an author and illustrator of picture books. These photos are from my school visits around the countryside. I LUV any chance to 'sing' the message home. Here's a cute piggy-back song, easy to implement.... whatever age the students. 

photo of: Insect Song (Piggy Back) on Handwritten Anchor Chart

photo of: Reggio Emilia, Italy: Shadow Box of Nature Elements

Science exploration is indeed universal. These two images are from my day of exploration in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Their pine cones look pretty similar, don't they? 

LUV LUV LUV the way their seasonal mural turned out!

photo of: Seasons as Science: Art Project from Reggio Emilia Italy (Science RoundUP via RainbowsWIthinReach)

Here's another overview of seasons, as created in collaboration in kindergarten. These were HUGE in real life! Took up the ceiling to floor hallway. 

photo of: Four Seasons Art construction for Eric Carle's book, The Tiny Seed, kindergarten collaboration
photo of: Brain mapping in Elementary School, Diagram of prior knowledge about 'Bats"
What do we know about bats?
Chart for prior knowledge

Science Center in Kindergarten: Science RoundUP at RainbowsWithinReach

photo of: Tadpole to Frog Metamorphosis through Song and Fine Motor Supplemental Pages (from RainbowsWIthinReach)

My first 'digital download' lesson for Teachers pay Teachers is based on my ubber-science friendly song entitled "Pollywog." My four verse dittie unveils the predictable cycle of metamorphosis following the entire tadpole to frog cycle. I've created numerous support materials to help augment the lesson for your kiddos. 

Chances are you don't know my little classic. I have a YouTube video of the song to serve as your introduction.

'Hop' on over to my Teachers Pay Teachers shop to purchase your instant download of the Mp3 version of the song and all of the support materials. I can't wait for your feedback! 

-- Debbie -- 
I have an entire pin-board collection dedicated to tadpoles, metamorphosis and all things Frog! 

Look at the picture I took today! 
My three babies in one photo!

Little Bins for Little Hands

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