The youngest minds are the most curious and hungry to learn. Preschool is a critical age for engaging students in learning, especially with science! Every concept, experiment, and outcome is new.
Throughout the course of the year, preschoolers will be taught about various concepts. Some of those include basic physics (force and motion), natural resources, lifecycles of plants and animals, weather patterns, and even the solar system. Wow. That’s a lot for little minds. Why do educators expect them to learn so much at such a young age?
When you think about it, preschool children are very curious. What 3 or 4-year-old doesn’t ask a million questions in a day? What subject is better to expand that sense of wonder and curiosity than science!
Teaching science at such a young age encourages students to learn the “why” to every question about their world, even if it is the most basic explanation. Science also teaches students about failure.
Woah! Failure is a powerful world, but it is the essence of science. Many experiments are unsuccessful. For every experiment that is successful, at least a hundred more are unsuccessful. That is okay! Even with a “failed experiment” there are still lessons to be learned. Sometimes the answers are definite. Sometimes a different question is created and that next experiment can lead to a new answer that wasn’t even a thought before.
How does this relate to preschool?
The idea of teaching students that their hypothesis or prediction might not be true or successful is an essential life skill. The idea of testing something to see what happens is how we learn. What better way to do that than with science.
Another purpose for teaching science at a young age is to teach the next generation about our planet. Preschool students are taught the importance of taking care of our natural resources. Even at such a young age, it’s important to understand that Earth needs our help.
How can Genius PreK help?
Genius PreK has a variety of resources that talk about a wide range of topics in science. We have our Genius Science Workshop video series that breaks down the topic in a way for students to understand a variety of concepts. The video series also features some experiments that you can do at home or in the classroom. Along with our Genius Science Workshop videos, we also feature five senses videos with our puppet friends Four and Five.
In addition to our video resources, we have eBooks, games, and worksheets to help students get a better grasp of the topic. The games and worksheets can also be used as assessment tools for teachers to gauge student understanding. Like all of Genius PreK’s curriculum, our science curriculum is based on EngageNY, Common Core, and Texas standards to ensure that students are prepared for Kindergarten!
What have we learned?
Students aren’t expected to understand nuclear fusion or the theory of how the land mass of Pangea formed. The idea of teaching young students science is to form a basic understanding of how the universe works. It’s also to help ignite that genius in every child to not be afraid to ask the question “Why?” Do we expect all children to become scientists? Not necessarily. Children (and even adults) can be curious about science without having to pursue a career in a laboratory. Science can be for everyone! By forming that initial idea that scientific investigation can be everyone, it will help students later on in life. Encourage young students to pursue the quest for knowledge and answers, and they will surprise you with what they come up with!