At leap Years science centre the children throw pebbles in a pitcher to raise the water level for the crow to drink water while the teacher narrates the story “The crow and the pitcher”. They mix red and blue to create purple or pour vinegar on baking soda to froth the pumpkin head on halloween.
For young learners, science is just an extension of their everyday world. We don’t have to teach young children how to wonder, discover, and explore because they do it naturally.
Science is not just a set of facts that have already been discovered by others; it is a process – a way of thinking and understanding the world. It is observing, predicting what might happen, testing those predictions, and making sense of observations. “Children acquire scientific knowledge by ‘construction’ not by instruction. They must create an explanation of observed phenomena or the outcomes of the experiments internally—an explanation that holds personal meaning”