This FREE Science Discovery Curriculum for Early Childhood features:
- 75 core science-related learning experiences,with coordinating lesson plans
relevant connections to other curriculum areas
related children's and teacher's books, and websites
resources for supplies and equipment
hundreds of activities, ideas, and successful ways to explore science with young children
To us, the ways of the world are pretty much "old hat". After all, how many times have we seen the sun rise and set, or water disappearing down the drain, or turned a light switch on and off? But to a child, everything is new and mysterious. Connections aren't formed yet, the "whole" is not seen - only parts that don't seem to connect. No wonder children use "magical thinking" to make sense of their surroundings.
How can we, as teachers, caregivers and parents, guide their journey of discovery? We can describe with words, but many of the words are new, too. We can read stories, of course, and show pictures, and sing songs. But ultimately, for children to make the connections and develop logical thinking, they must experience and discover and wonder and question themselves, using their own senses, and not once, but MANY times.
This site is a compilation/collection of 75 core discovery experiences that are intrinsically interesting and fun, and they also lead to questioning and a desire to know more. They can be presented many times, and each time new connections will be made, and "mystery" will gradually become reality and knowledge.
The 75 core expereriences lesson plans are categorized under the headings of-
This curriculum can be used as the basis for an early childhood program, or it can be incorporated into an existing one.
It can be used by preschool teachers; home daycare providers; homeschooling parents.
It is developmentally appropriate for children aged 3 years old to Kindergarten and beyond. It is based on sound educational practice and theory. It has been extensively researched.