Why Science in Pre-K


Science and children are a natural fit. Anyone who has spent time with young children knows that they are innately curious and motivated to engage in inquiry using all their senses. Just like young scientists, they seek out new experiences, conduct investigations and observations, collect data, look for patterns and relationships, and generate theories to explain the world and how it works based on evidence.
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In order to maximize their capacity as young scientists, children need the support of curious, responsive, and knowledgeable adults who have the abilities to plan for, facilitate, and assess children’s inquiry-based science experiences. Professional development (PD) seems to be key to ensuring that preschool teachers are able to provide children with cognitively challenging early science learning experiences.
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