STEM PRESCHOOL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY SKILLS INCLUDE A CHILD’S ABILITY TO INQUIRE, PREDICT AND EVALUATE OBSERVATIONS. IT SUPPORTS A CHILD’S ABILITY TO EXPLORE EVERYDAY LIFE, PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF MATTER, AND TO MAKE SENSE OF CONCEPTS SUCH AS WEATHER, NATURAL HABITATS, AND TECHNOLOGY.
Our students explore science through a discovery station or project each day. We strongly believe in utilizing science concepts within our STEM preschool science & technology curriculum to strengthen every area of development for our preschool children. Our students engage daily observations while tending our gardens or taking care of our chickens. Similar to learning to count or read, learning how to “do” science is a process.
Metacognitive skills develop as children describe what they see, ask questions about it, repeat the experience, and then think about how it connects to what they know about their surrounding environment (Ashbrook, 2003). Through our preschool science STEM education our preschoolers use science every day. It is incorporated into their daily education curriculum.
Children are naturally inquisitive and try to make sense of the world – like scientists. It’s never too early to start practicing basic science skills like observation, prediction, and using evidence to support answers. Preschool is also a great time to begin learning about scientific content like weather, energy, ecosystems, plants, animals, motion, stability and life cycles.
Our daily science curriculum focuses on 7 basic preschool science concepts that very closely mirror the scientific method:
- Observing – the beginning of all science is observation. We have the children collect items and observe their characteristics.
- Comparing – we then take the observations a step further and discuss similarities and differences between objects related to and not related to the items they have collected.
- Classifying – we then have the students move to classifying which is a higher level of comparing. After observing and comparing, students take the information they have learned and sort and group items together.
- Measuring – there are many ways to measure items. Larger and smaller. Taller and shorter. Lighter and heavier. At times we may bring out a scale or ruler to actually measure the items.
- Communicating – we then have the students communicate their observations and findings in a variety of ways: talking about their observations, keeping a picture journal, or draw pictures of their findings with the teacher writing down their thoughts are just a few.
- Inferring – this higher-level science concept is when the student uses what they know from one experience and base their expected outcome of a new experience on patterns from previous experiences. This helps students make sense or meaning out of previous events. This helps throughout their lives as they work to make inferences about a situation and possibly change behavior based on a previous situation.
- Predicting – at first, we offer predictions as choices. We offer two choices to the children where they then state what they think will happen.
Many of the concepts and pieces of our science curriculum cross over into other learning areas. This is why our approach works. You don’t just talk about one subject and put it away. All subjects are included in all aspects of learning every day. A Learning Bee Academy is truly the best and most well-rounded Indianapolis STEM PreK school offering the best STEM preschool science & technology.