Science plays a role in anything and everything that exist. “Most of the world doesn’t have the faintest idea of what science is. They think it is all madman in white coats creating amazing inventions
“Most of the world doesn’t have the faintest idea of what science is. They think it is all madman in white coats creating amazing inventions. But science isn’t a thing like electricity or gravity or atoms. Those subjects that might be studied in a scientific manner but science of the process itself, the process of studying them. Its end product is simply reliable information. “Albert Einstein
. From birth to two, a child learns to bond and unconsciously absorbs and perceives the causality of things,
Toddlerhood is a period of exploration. The mobility and freedom a child has makes experimentation more exciting and interesting. The child has language at her disposal, she starts asking questions of what and why,
At the age of three to six, the child is ready for presentation of science lessons. Montessori science lessons follows the unfolding of nature. It is not uncommon for children to stop and watch as a squirrel scampers a tree.The outdoors has all evidence of life, it is the laboratory of the child’s experiences and observation. Through observation and experience, the child can make connections with the interrelatedness of all living and non living things.
Science Curriculum Overview
The science curriculum in a Montessori classroom is experiential. The children take walks around the neighborhood. They take a moment to stop and feel the breeze. Then, they see the trees and their leaves with its changing colors.
They look for more signs, of the change of seasons. It must be autumn!
From that moment, the children gather leaves to investigate its parts or collect acorns underneath the oak trees. As we head back to the classroom, we gather around in a circle for line time. Then, we talk about our observations as I read a non fiction book, Why leaves changes colors. We collect the leaves and the children put it on a tray at the science shelf to further examine the Parts of the Leaf.
The Montessori Science Curriculum covers the following categories namely,
- Physical science
Botany is the study of plants. The parts of the leaf, flower, trees are presented with puzzles and nomenclature cards.
Zoology is the study of animals. We classify animal kingdoms, animal habitats and life cycles.
In Physical Science. the children are given an overview of space and the planets. From there, we focus on the Earth, land forms and the properties of matter.
Science exploration for preschoolers involves direct observation. This serves as a basis for generating and testing informal hypothesis. The role of the senses in direct observation of nature provides the experimental base for later abstract thought. SOURCE: American Montessori Society