Early Childhood Education
The Preschool Science Expectations workshop presented in our school was excellent! It really motivated me to improve my science center by allowing me to work together with colleagues and share ideas. I collected a long list of materials which I could use for our small group activity “Science Eyes”. Additionally, I found the information on creating Discovery Bottles very useful. I was able to create a variety of different bottles, discuss them with my class, and include them in my Science Center. The children just love them.
Mary Ann Maggs
I loved the science workshop. The next afternoon my class went outside and observed/ felt the wind!! The children had a great time. We observed all kinds of things that the wind blew around. For example: leaves, paper, flag, a person’s hair, bird’s feathers, tiny rocks, dirt, and much more!! Great Workshop-presenters were excellent!!
The “Preschool Teaching and Learning with the Science Expectations” Workshop was terrific! I found the first part of the workshop to be a great refresher and I was able to draw on my own background knowledge of teaching Science. The hands-on activities were so much fun! I enjoyed getting to work with my colleagues and really think like a preschooler! I also enjoyed the time we had to work collaboratively and share ideas to be utilized in the classroom. I came away from the workshop with a list of new materials that I want to purchase to improve my Science Center. I also walked away from this workshop with another list of ideas to enhance the Science Eyes Activity from our curriculum. Overall, this was a fantastic workshop and I would highly recommend it to ALL preschool staff!
Jennifer A. Restiano
After attending the science workshop, one of the ideas I decided to incorporate into my classroom was the “Discovery Bottles.” I made a “Glitter Bottle” with water and glitter, a “Rainbow Rice Bottle” with rainbow colored rice, and a “Beads Bottle” with water and sinking & floating beads. Then I showed the children the bottles and we talked about making predictions as to what would happen if we shook the different bottles or turned them upside down. After we made our predictions we talked about doing an experiment to see if our predictions were correct. I put pieces of paper with the word “Predictions” on it in the science center along with the discovery bottles so the children could draw and write their own predictions and then do the experiment.
Green Grove School