Children are Natural Scientists
Kindergarteners are curious and constantly explore their immediate environment and their place within it. Helen Doron Kindergarten nurtures this natural tendency, to allow the children to grow in their ability, to make discoveries, and to build theories. Science exploration in early childhood helps children develop skills, attitudes, and ways of thinking that are important to almost every area of learning. From these classroom experiences, children can develop a greater appreciation and understanding of the natural world.
Children learn through the scientific method (observing, classifying, experimenting, predicting, drawing conclusions, and communicating ideas) which gives kindergarten children the tools to notice relationships that are the foundations for science.
Our science programme exposes children to much more than science skills and concepts. It gives them the opportunity to explore, experiment, create, and problem solve. Language and literacy skills are developed through increased vocabulary exposure and the opportunities to ask questions and solve problems. Kindergarteners are able to refine their use of language as they talk about what they do or explain what they discover.
An Environment for Active Discovery
The Helen Doron Kindergarten classroom is a stimulating environment that supports active discovery, the opportunity to ask questions, inquire, and practise scientific thinking. We use simple and repeatable experiments that are carried out in a safe and supporting learning environment, exposing children to basic scientific principles and laws and promoting problem-solving skills. An example of this is an experiment in indoor gardening which enables the children to observe changes closely and notice different phenomena. This programme also nurtures awareness and appreciation for ecology and nature.
Children can apply their emerging mathematical skills in the meaningful context of discovery. Children will use all these skills—in school, on the job, and in everyday life. This programme gives children increased observation and problem solving skills, builds self-confidence and understanding of their environment and develops language through increased vocabulary and an opportunity to ask and answer questions.