Encouraging Scientific Thinking in Preschoolers

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Description: Noting that the science inquiry learning cycle can be a valuable tool for learning and may be instrumental in the development of long-term science literacy, the author points out that early childhood is a critical period for science education, but only if educators use an approach that reflects young children's unique needs, interests, and abilities. The author suggests that children be encouraged to be part of the lesson-making process to promote creativity and problem-solving skills, noting that effective lessons emphasize learning the scientific method, a process that can help them foster creativity and innovative approaches to solving problems. The authors describe classroom activities involving inclined planes that engage children in investigations involving force and motion, foster the development of important science inquiry skills, and provide numerous opportunities for integration across curricular domains.
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