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Scientific learning in early childhood education – what can we teachers do to support this?

By Rachel Pratt
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science tree investigateHow many times do you walk into a centre that has a table in the corner, which is beautifully set up with magnifying glasses, natural materials, and posters about a certain scientific process? And how often do you see children using it?

It’s great to have a science area, as provocation for scientific learning, however there is much more to our role in fostering a sense of enjoyment and expectation in our scientific world.

Many teachers will be unsure as to how they can implement scientific learning in an early childhood context. For some, Science is “That subject you did at school” and brings back memories of long classes about chemical compounds and human chromosomes.

Science does not, however, need to be a scary subject for early childhood teachers. There are many simple ways that teachers can support children’s own investigations and research into scientific learning without having to take a university degree on the subject!

 

Science is everywhere

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