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!