Young Scientists at Mulford School

Playing with cornstarch and water during science class

Playing with cornstarch and water during science class

“It’s gooey!”

That was the response from Annie, age 4, as she participated in science class at Mulford School. Students have trays of cornstarch mixed with water, and they are playing with the gooey, strange substance. All the while, they’re learning about texture, the sense of touch, how things change, how you can combine two substances to make a new one, how to measure out correct quantities of cornstarch and water, and more. One day, they will realize that they learned all about non-Newtonian fluids well before elementary school.

Science is one of the most rewarding subjects for a preschooler to experience. It’s active learning that includes plenty of play, and science helps a preschooler:

  • Develop problem solving skills – If the experiment doesn’t work, what can you do to fix it?
  • Understand predictions – What do you think will happen next?
  • Learn about properties and senses – How does something feel? Sound? Look?
  • Hone their observation skills, and express themselves – What happened? What can you say about what you saw or felt?
  • Develop pre-math skills, especially understanding measurement – How did it change in size? How fast did the balloon go?

Science is an enrichment program offered at Mulford School during the afternoon. Our science teacher, Mrs. Tricia Warren, leads students through hands-on experiments. You can see many of them in-action on our Facebook page.

We encourage you to help develop preschooler’s love of science at home. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Kitchen science experiments: There are many simple household products you likely have already that make for fun experiments. Whether it’s a hydrogen peroxide-baking soda “volcano”, a balloon rocket, or playing with magnets, you likely have everything you need for some science fun.
  • Scientist notebook: A great way to teach writing skills is through keeping a science notebook. Preschoolers can draw pictures of their observations. Those who are working on their writing skills can write out words and numbers.
  • Environmental science: The world around us is filled with science. Whether planting a garden, collecting bugs or chasing butterflies, give your preschooler the opportunity to interact with nature and learn.

Join us for science class at Mulford School! Email us for more information.

Let’s Go, Mulford Campers!

Enjoying some summer outdoor fun at Mulford School

Enjoying some summer outdoor fun at Mulford School

Do you realize there are only seven weeks of school left? Each family has different summer traditions. Here at Mulford School, we believe children should get outside and play. Whether it’s a nature walk, extra time on the playground, or building a fort, the possibilities to ignite the preschool imagination are endless during the summer!

Mulford School is pleased to offer its own Summer Camp experience, one aimed at outdoor activities, arts and crafts, exploration, and fun! Whether you require full-day needs, or are looking for a half-day week of fun for your preschooler, our summer camp has many options.

Our Summer Camp is similar to our preschool experience in that each week has a theme, and all activities – crafts, music, and special activities – are structured around the theme. Preschoolers are invited to join us for:

  • Week 1 (June 27-July 1) is Circus Week
  • Week 2 (July 4 – July 8) is Under The Sea Week
  • Week 3 (July 11 – July 15) is Farm Week
  • week 4 (July 18 – July 22) is Dinosaur Week
  • Week 5 (July 25 – July 29) is Bug Week
  • Week 6 (August 1 – August 5) is Bird Week

We hope to see you at camp!

Remember, parents: Pinterest is great for inspiration for summertime crafts and activities. But, it’s usually the basics that preschoolers are happiest with: a box turned into a house, a fort made out of blankets and pillows, or some paper, glue, scissors and crayons. Keep it simple!

Learning how to make smores at Mulford Summer Camp

Learning how to make smores at Mulford Summer Camp

That said, here are some Mulford School ideas to nurture a great, simple, fun summer with your preschoolers:

  • Play! Get outside and play! Whether it’s extra playground time, a bike ride, or turning on a sprinkler in the backyard, enjoy the outdoors!
  • Be Creative! Rainy day? Break out a craft, build a fort, or make ice cream or popsicles.
  • Keep Your Routines: We all get off our routine during the summer. But, try your best to keep a pace to your day. Remember, preschoolers always respond best to routine, so try not to get too far off track.
  • Be Safe! Sunscreen, bug spray and lots of water are your best friends during the summer. Be sure to check for ticks every day – Northern Virginia is rife with deer ticks, and they can be as small as a pinhead.

Tell us, how will you spend your summer?