Early Childhood

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Hi Everyone! I am a student teacher and I noticed in my elementary school classrooms that a lot of students were not exposed to any science prior to coming to school. Is there an appropriate age that students can start learning and exploring science before school or not in a just a school setting?

Urooj Abbasi
Urooj Abbasi
715 Activity Points

Hello! I'm currently a student majoring in childhood education. From what I have read and learned, students are always being exposed to science! There really is no set age for students to start learning and exploring! I think what happens sometimes is that the students just aren't being explained the reasoning behind why certian things happen can be science. Children from a young age become very curious and will question why something is the way it is or why things happen. Sometimes parents respond but don't explain that the reasoning can be science. From exploring the NSTA website, I have found that there are a lot of award winning books that would be great to use to introduce science and there are resources that can be given to parents to learn how to explore science at home.

Hilda Sanchez
Hilda Sanchez
200 Activity Points

Children experience science all around them from birth. When they ask questions at an early age, hopefully parents will explain the world around them. If this does not happen there are excellent programs on PBS Kids that are good for preschool age children.

Betty Paulsell
Betty Paulsell
48550 Activity Points

I agree with Betty. My teacher told my class that science is a verb, it is always happening. She also said that anyone can be a scientist. Like Betty said, children experience science from birth and many times it sparks curiosity. It is all about how that curiosity is addressed. There are a ton of resources that can help introduce children to science in a fun way, but it is also the parents' jobs to introduce that critical thinking in their children.

Brittany Brookins
Brittany Brookins
1320 Activity Points

Children can begin learning science at any age! Allowing them to explore nature or even their own backyard can promote questioning and investigation, and natural curiosity will help develop these skills. Young children learn best through play so by engaging them in activities and environments that promote scientific thought will develop a strong foundation for their future in a formal classroom. There are also many books and shows that will promote science learning at a young age.

Shannon Birkhoff
Shannon Birkhoff
190 Activity Points

Hello! I am also a student teacher in an Elementary school. Students are exposed to science everyday without even knowing it. We need to point these tops out and show the students how they connect directly to science. Ways to do this is through literacy, current news, videos, real life experiences or examples or discussions...etc.

Shannon Lydon
Shannon Lydon
230 Activity Points

Hi! Well I'm a student like yourself wanting to be a elementary bilingual teacher and I think to have something in mind is that students are exposed to science everyday for example cooking its a form of science or or their observations of their surroundings like the color of the leaves changing throughout the seasons that's science as well. Kids might not know they are doing science or that science is going on just show them.

Izamar Valdez
Izamar Valdez
200 Activity Points

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