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.