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Preschool Science

Early Childhood Science

“Scientific knowledge is cumulative: To learn new things, you must build on what you already know. So, it’s important that your child start learning early…”

– U.S. Department of Education

Why should science be part of the Early Childhood Education Curriculum?

At this very young age of 3 – 5 year’s old, children are building a foundation for future learning and scientific understanding. Preschoolers are naturally curious and this is our opportunity as educators to jump on their curiosity and have fun! There is nothing that you need to do to promote their wonder and fascination of the world…it comes natural to them. A preschooler’s curiosity makes this the perfect time to answer their questions and help them create an understanding of how the world works. Preschoolers are able to dive into topics such as physics, biology and chemistry without bias or fear.  Don’t we wish we all could!

A few tips for teaching science to your preschooler:

  1. You have to use real science terminology. Often there is no substitute for the scientific words, but do not worry, just like learning any other word, the more they hear it, the more they will understand.  Here at Bullfrogs and Butterflies we call these our “fancy words”.
  2. A child must have multiple experiences on the same topic in order to gain understanding, which is why we repeat so many things.  Repetition is good at school AND at home. Doing one experiment or project will not bring understanding. It is the repetition of a topic in different forms that will help your child to learn. Often times, doing the same project or experiment multiple times is also beneficial, it allows the preschooler to revisit what they know and gain deeper understanding and more importantly, confidence!