Growing Little Scientists! Science Learning in Our Classrooms
What Science Learning Looks Like for Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers
Every day, your child explores and discovers their world and how things work in new ways. They’re natural-born scientists, and science is all around them!
At Day Early Learning, we encourage your child’s scientific curiosity daily through intentional activities and conversations. Continue reading for examples of how we promote science learning in our classrooms at every age.
Your baby scientist is building the foundation of science knowledge. To encourage babies as they’re discovering their world, teachers:
- Create sensory activities for babies to experience and explore different things like water, sand, paint, etc.
- Spend time outdoors with babies so they can discover the sights and sounds they see in nature, allowing them to explore and react to outdoor surfaces and changes in weather.
- Provide toys of different textures for babies to grasp and mouth.
- Play peekaboo with babies to teach them that although things may be hidden they still exist.
- Encourage babies to push buttons on a pop-up toy to discover cause and effect.
- Read touch-and-feel books while describing textures.
To expand upon your toddler’s natural curiosity, teachers create lessons that help them explore their world and practice scientific inquiry. Toddlers explore science concepts in our one-year-old and two-year-old classrooms through activities such as:
- Exploring their environment using different tools such as shovels, cups, funnels, magnifying glasses, etc.
- Investigating nature and bringing natural elements indoors to explore further.
- Reading about living things such as animals, plants and bodies, and learning the vocabulary for each.
- Exploring a variety of materials and tools in a sensory table to explore concepts like floating and sinking.
- Answering questions that teachers use to encourage them to predict what will happen.
- Participating in simple science experiments, such as mixing red and blue water.
- Learning how to solve a problem and discussing if the solution was successful.
- Discovering light and shadows.
- Observing and describing weather and seasonal changes.
Preschool and pre-K students are given opportunities to engage in hands-on scientific exploration and predict and observe outcomes of experiments. Children explore science concepts through activities such as:
- Planting seeds, predicting growth patterns and documenting their observations.
- Participating in various scientific experiments, such as mixing baking soda and vinegar, making predictions, and observing what happens.
- Building simple machines out of different materials, discovering what works, and discussing why it did or did not work.
- Conducting investigations about specific animals or plants and then discovering how they change and grow over time.
- Observing and discussing the weather and seasons.
- Exploring objects with a magnifying glass or microscope.
- Reading non-fiction books about animals, plants, bodies, weather, space, etc.
- Sorting objects based on different attributes and explaining their reasoning.
- Comparing different types of objects found in nature.