Principles & Approach


FSL’s Guiding Principles

  • All 3 to 5-year old children are capable of engaging in rich, in-depth science inquiry
  • Authentic inquiry occurs in the service of learning interesting and meaningful content that connect to “big ideas” in the domains of life, earth, and physical science.
  • Reflection on experiences and observations is critical to children’s meaning-making in science
  • Teachers play a critical role in supporting and guiding children’s science inquiry and learning within a conceptual context

FSL’s Approach

FSL’s approach incorporates the idea that effective professional development must focus on developing teachers’ science content knowledge, as well as their pedagogical knowledge related to how children learn science.