So much of what we associate with science concerns facts. Explanations, theories, rules, predictions, know-able details. But a true scientist -- and our preschoolers are scientists in the truest form -- knows that science isn't just helpful building blocks of facts. Science is as wondrous as nature, our world, life itself. Explore, and enjoy!
The scientist does not study nature because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing, and if nature were not worth knowing, life would not be worth living.
-- Jules Henri Poincaré (1854-1912) French mathematician.
Teaching science to preschoolers can sound at first offputting, almost grandiose. Oh, but it's not! It's so fun that it seems almost like cheating to say you're doing it in the guise of opening their little minds to the world around them. Experts tel... read more
I once heard that all great naturalists have one thing in common: when they were children, they had the use of a microscope. I don’t know if that is strictly true in every single case, but it sounds right to me. The basis for any understanding of ... read more