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Science in Kindergarten

science_k.jpgOpportunities for scientific inquiry abound in kindergarten. Each teacher experiments with how best to meet the goals of our science curriculum within the context of the school day—for example, integrated as a Math and Science Workshop, during Choice Time, or as a separate block for Science Workshop; timing and implementation may change over the course of the school year as we focus on different topics and themes. However, our entire Kindergarten Team makes it a priority to have daily opportunities for science and shares our most significant goals:

  • To use our senses and simple tools to become enthusiastic and careful observers
  • To learn the process of science notebook entries and observational drawings and enhance entries with detail, data, labels, and reflections throughout the year.
  • To learn important process skills such as how to question, hypothesize, make predictions, reason and explain about observed and inferred phenomena, and respect evidence.

We use these important inquiry and process skills during our content studies of autumn, an emergent “earth and sky” topic (e.g. light or rocks), water and sand, and organisms. Children will most definitely have new content understandings by the end of the school year, but we consider the best June success to be children’s thinking of themselves as scientists—and knowing what that means!