ERIC Number: EJ1156791
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
The Early Bird… Catches the Science Bug!
Primary Science, n138 p31-33 May 2015
Sai Pathmanathan writes in this article that, over the years, her experience working with early-years children (ages 3-5) has taught her that learning it is not about whether the children get the answer right, but more about nurturing their curiosity, encouraging play and learning through hands-on activities, promoting motor skills, group work, and nurturing creativity and observation. The accuracy can come later. She does express that, whatever the age, children do need to engage in science for themselves, and there is a wealth of science in the popular films that children watch that provide many engaging formats for the discovery of science. This article describes a "Portal to the Past" week at Windhill Primary School, Hertfordshire, nursery and reception classes (ages 3-5) in which the children participated in some "Ice Age" Science activities, beginning with watching some clips from the film "Ice Age". The purpose of the activity was to encourage children to focus on the learning in an engaging manner. The article demonstrates how engaging young children in the use of popular entertainment media, combined with hands-on learning activities, can help young children demonstrate science understanding well beyond their years.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Experiential Learning, Hands on Science, Preschool Children, Foreign Countries, Science Activities, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students, Teaching Methods, Films, Cartoons
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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