Children are always generating ideas about the world and how it works based on evidence from their own experiences.
Playing with water can be a wonderful tool for laying the ground work for future mathematical and scientific learning as well as a fun, hands-on learning experience rich with discovery.
- How water takes the shape of its container
- How water flows down to the earth pulled by gravity
- How water sticks to itself (cohesion)
- How water sticks to other materials (adhesion)
- How air makes bubbles in water and rises to the surface
- How water can turn things into mixtures or solutions
We gathered items from around the garden and made hypotheses of what would happen when we put them in a large tub of water.
A lot of the learning comes through meaningful conversations between the teachers and the children that supports scientific inquiry.
Inquiry is a process that includes foundational skills like exploring, wondering, and raising questions, and more sophisticated practices like collecting and recording data and analyzing previous ideas in light of new evidence.
Child: "It will float like a boat!"
Teacher: "Why do you think the leaf floats?"
Child: "It just floats."
Teacher: "Do you think the leaf is lighter or heavier than the water?"
Teacher: "How are the ball and the rock different from each other?"
Child: "Ball is bigger and the rock's little."
Teacher: "Is the ball heavier or lighter than the rock?"
Child: (long contemplation) "Lighter!"
Teacher: "How are the ball and the rock the same?"
Child: "They are both circles!"
In this science experiment we had a contest to see who can design a Tin Foil Cargo Boat that will hold the most pennies.
- How does the ice feel?
- What is happening to it?
- How long do you think it will take to completely melt?
Child: "It's like the ocean turning it into a river?"
Teacher: "Do you think the salt raises the temperature at which water freezes or lowers the temperature that water freezes?"
Child: (long contemplation) "It lowers it!"
Allowing children plenty of time for contemplation gives them time to formulate their own hypotheses, predictions and ideas!
Child: "It's a liquid!"
Another Child: "It's a solid!"
Teacher: "You're both right!"
Super-fun and super-yum! We were inspired by a picture in Thrive magazine to create these pretty fruit 'pizzas' with bananas, blueberries, strawberries, coconut, and mint leaves. Such a cute Summertime snack!