Kids have strong imaginations, which often means that learning doesn’t really feel like learning. This is especially true when it comes to the sciences. Whether it’s biology, chemistry, or earth science, there isn’t much that will grab kids’ attention — it just has to be done in the right way. And for parents, who may not have particularly enjoyed chemistry class in high school, it can be a challenge to think about various science lessons in a way that is approachable for preschoolers.
At Madame Curie School, we use the STEAM ++ Curriculum, which aims at helping kids learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. In addition, we also focus on Language Arts, Motor Skills, and Socio-Emotional Skills. With a focus on these core elements, we believe our preschool can help children develop curious minds and kids who will grow into strong learners and healthy adults. But developing that curiosity and love of learning has to start early! That’s why the Madame Curie School would love the opportunity to give your kids a preschool education that will set them up for success.
Making Biology Fun For Kids
Planting and watching sprouts grow is a fun and relatively quick way for kids to learn about plants. Alfalfa seeds are a great way to start because they have a mild flavor and the sprouts only take about three to five days to grow. Pour some seeds into a mason jar and cover the seeds with water. Let them soak in the water overnight and then drain the water out. Give the seeds a good rinse every 12 hours for the next few days, draining the water out each time. Each day the sprouts will grow a little more and your kid gets to watch! When they’re ready to eat, make a sandwich or blend them into a smoothie.
Go on a Hunt
Taking kids outside is fun, adventurous, and provides the opportunity for them to use up some energy! Go to the park, or even your backyard, with a camera and a pad of paper. Have your kid look for ladybugs, ants, worms, and anything else they may find. They can take a picture of the bug or insect and take notes on the colors, how many legs it has, where they found it, and more.
Making Chemistry Fun For Kids
Make Fake Snot
Kids love joking about snot, so they’ll love it even more being able to play with it! Using a cup of boiling water, gelatin, and corn syrup, mix the ingredients together with a fork until long strands of gunk have formed. As the mixture cools, slowly add more water to the mix. You can even add green food coloring to make it extra gross for your child. Snot, or mucus, serves an important part in our bodies, so you can talk to your kid about the health of our bodies as well as how the ingredients formed a stringy ooze.
Make Colors Move
For an introduction into molecules and how they can react to each other, this experiment creates an explosion of color on a plate! Grab a shallow plate and pour some milk into it so that it covers the surface. Gently pour two drops of food coloring into the center of the milk, you can use multiple colors to create a rainbow effect. Now, with a cotton swab, dip the swab into some dish detergent and gently touch the swab to the center of the puddle of food coloring. Tell your kids to not look away because the reaction happens very quickly! Let them move the swab around, or dip it again into the dish detergent, to see how the color moves around the plate.
Even though these are very basic introductions into biology and chemistry, the simple experiments can help kids learn about how our world works. An important step in with any science experiment is to get your child to ask questions — this is how curiosity and learning begin! What makes the sprouts grow? Why do spiders have eight legs and ladybugs have six? How does gelatin create a stringy ooze? What makes the colors explode in the milk? Even though the overall concepts will be hard for a preschooler to understand, it’s the initial curiosity that can make all the difference.
Our preschool is passionate about helping kids grow and learn, both mentally and emotionally. Preschool is a very important time for children to gain the necessary skills that will help them succeed in the future. And at Madame Curie School, we love being able to nurture young kids and spark their imaginations. Learn more about our preschool program and get in touch with our staff today! We’d be more than happy to give you a tour of our facility.