Science Explorations in the Early Childhood ClassroomBy Diana Wehrell-Grabowski on September 18, 2012 in Hands-On Science Explorations by Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski, Teacher Training Workshops
There’s nothing more exciting than seeing a young child discover the world around them using simple scientific tools. Recently, I conducted a hands-on science program for early childhood-age students. The program was called “Micro Explorers” children used simple scientific tools such as eye loupes, magnifying lenses, simple microscopes, and rulers to explore specimens from nature and man-made objects. Children used super absorbing polymers in the shape of spheres as magnifiers. They made mini aquatic habitats from centrifuges which were then worn as necklaces. They were also given the opportunity to draw what they observed at the many hands-on science centers. I reiterate during all my teacher training workshops to teachers that hands-on-minds-on science experiences need to be incorporated on a daily-basis in all classrooms. A great tip for early childhood teachers to bring science experiences into the classroom on a daily basis is to have a magnifying lens with an object or two for the students to observe as they enter the classroom for the day. The teacher can start the day by having the students share their observations of what they observed using the magnifying lens. The photos below were taken during the hands-on science lesson “Micro Explorers”.