Preschool children are naturally curious and love to explore.  They wonder how things work and why things happen.  On the preschool level the foundations for scientific knowledge are laid out through inquiry and exploration. 

Inquiry skills

  • Ask and seek out answers about objects and events
  • Make predictions about changes in materials or objects based on previous experience
  • Use simple tools appropriately (e.g., magnifying glass, balance, scales, etc.)
  • Record observations through simple means like drawings


Earth & Space Sciences

  • Compare, contrast, and explore natural materials such as water, rocks, sand, dirt, shells, looking for living organisms, etc.
  • Identify basic weather characteristics
  • Explore sunlight and shadows


Life Sciences

  • Observe and identify characteristics of living objects and compare them to non-living objects
  • Observe and describe plants, insects, and animals as they go through predictable life cycles


Living Things & Their Environment

  • Use sense of sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste, to better understand the environment
  • Observe and describe seasonal changes in plants, animals and personal lives
  • Observe and describe natural habitats


Physical Sciences

  • Compare various objects (e.g., size, shape, color, weight, texture)
  • Manipulate various textures such as sand, water, clay, or playdoh
  • Demonstrate how various objects move


Technology & Engineering

  • Use a variety of natural materials (e.g., wood, cotton, fur, stone, etc.)
  • Demonstrate and explain the safe use of materials (e.g., glue, scissors, pencils, etc.)
  • Explore and identify simple machines (e.g., manipulatives that move, using ramps for cars in the block center, etc.)

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