Science Education Should Start In Kindergarten


af-017a_cropAccording to March issue of Scientific American, kids should start learning about science in kindergarten, something they don’t do nearly enough.  With all that teachers need to teach their students, it can seem a daunting task to add introducing children to science to the list.  In addition, many early childhood educators may feel inadequately prepared to teach science.  So is there a solution?  Is there a way to introduce a science curriculum into the kindergarten classroom without cutting back on other, equally important subjects?

The folks at Purdue University’s Scientific Literacy Project believe there is.  They’ve developed a series of books and activities that integrate science, English and language arts, and mathematics into an engaging curriculum that any teacher can implement.  The project is based on the idea that “science is a process of inquiry in which we construct, evaluate, and reconstruct models of the natural world.”

Parents are a part of the process as well, with guides available to help parents reinforce the lessons and expand on them at home.  Certainly, there are teachers who do this already, merging various aspects of the curriculum together, but any teacher will tell you it’s nice to have ready-made materials available to use.  And as far as I’m concerned, anything that puts more science in the classrooms is a good thing.

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