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Why is science important in early childhood?

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Andrea Anzaldua Andrea Anzaldua 580 Points

Hello, I am a senior in the UTRGV Education Program and I am trying to research why science is important to incorparte throughout a childs development? What kind of skills or attributes will bring to learners?

Alyssa N Garcia Alyssa N Garcia 1440 Points

Hey Andrea, 

There are seven basic preschool concepts: Observing, Comparing, Classifying, Measuring, Communicating, Inferring, Predicting. I think the most important concept is the ability to observe. Once a child is able to make observations of the natural world around them each of the other concepts falls into place as they test the question they have. Even when trying to do higher-level science, the first thing that starts off the science experiment is " What... If..." 

Angela Soliz Angela Soliz 185 Points

Hi Andrea! I believe that when children think of different ideas pertaining to science and being a leader is one way to look at them experiencing child development. Once children expect hands on experiments they become more aware of what they are doing. 

Kim Silverman Kim Silverman 460 Points

Science is important to education programs because it helps a child to find ways to research their curiosities and enables them to use trial and error in figuring things out. 

Elizabeth Inselmann Elizabeth Inselmann 1380 Points

Hi Andrea, 

  My name is Lizzy Inselmann I am a third-year elementary education major at Wartburg College. I think we need to incorporate science education as a child develops because first ideas build off of each other. Students learn about Waves in first grade so that they have that base knowledge when they talk about it when they are older. Second because science is more than just the subject. When students are in a science classroom they learn to ask questions and critical thinking skills. If we do not teach these critical thinking skills when students when they are young we are not setting them up for success later in life. 

Hope this helps! 

Lizzy Inselmann 

Wartburg College 2023

Breya Christopher Breya Christopher 195 Points

Hello Andrea, my name is Breya Christopher and I am a preservice teacher studying elementary education at Wartburg College. I have a passion for child development, specifically language development. There is so much science to be learned at the early stages of development for a child. Science in a child's development is simply them acting on their curiosity. Early developmenrtal stages for early childhood include using complete sentences, recognizing objects, and exploring objects with their senses. All of these aspects of their development are considered science. Without language acquisition, there would be little understanding of the names and explanations of the things around students in a classroom or in their everyday environment. I strongly believe that language development should be the main focus in early childhood development. Language can be worked on through the exploration of the things around them and modeling on that language from the teacher or parents at home. Once students are shown how to explore the things around them to expand their knowledge and vocabulary, there is only building on that from there. 

Ivette De La Rosa Ivette De La Rosa 95 Points

Hi, I am also a senior in the UTRGV Education Program, answering to your question, in my perosnal opinion i believe that it is important to include science in a childs development so that they can understand the way living things obtain energy from different sources as well as undderstandind that even when they don't notice science is happening even while breathing!

Kaitlyn Boyle Kaitlyn Boyle 165 Points

I think that implementing science has the ability to help students build key life foundational skills. It helps children grow to understand the world around them through examining phenomenons, hands-on experiements and overall project based learning. Children need to be able to interact with the envrionment around them and build awarenesss. Children should be explorers of the world! 

 

Brooke McCoy Brooke McCoy 50 Points

Hi Andrea!
I feel that incorporating science is so important because it allows students to be curious. Children are born curious and providing opportunities to make new connections in a fun, stimulating way that will build a foundation for them to continue being curious as they grow. For me, science allows hands-on activities that help strengthen skills like collaborations, problem-solving, teamwork, and experimentation, all beneficial skills that we see throughout life. One thing that I also feel having science in early education is that it allows students to fail and try again. As a future teacher, I want to strive to create an environment where failing or making mistakes is ok. I want my future students to analyze what they did and make modifications to try again and not be upset about it. But that is the cool thing about science. Science focus is about learning why things work. We can ask questions and form ideas to test out what is going on around us. It creates a place where discoveries happen and allowing students to get a wrong answer builds confidence in themselves and their learning. 

Gwenevere Jones Gwenevere Jones 1260 Points

Hi,

I'm Gwen . I am an elementary teacher. I think that science is important in early childhood education because the scientific process is easily applicable to all aspects of learning.

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