The Building Blocks
Math & Art
Encouraging Young Explorers
naturally curious... observing, exploring, making predictions, and testing
out their predictions through the manipulation of the materials in their
environment. A child does not have to be taught to explore the world around
them. Rather, it is a natural process that is integral to a young child's
But Children Are Not Scientists...
Child-directed discovery activities encourage the young explorer, but if kept
exclusively within the child's domain the opportunity to impart foundational
knowledge or develop process skills may be lost without teacher input. A
conceptual framework provides children with the best of both worlds, namely,
opportunities for discovery and exploration as well as science content
that not only enriches the discovery process but also enhances the child's
ability to understand the world around them.
The Sun Moves Across The Sky...
Some observations while seemingly correct can nonetheless lead to erroneous
conclusions. There are many fundamental principles in science. Some concepts
can be directly observed; others not. There are specific ways
of applying scientific inquiry skills and methodology, a process. And sometimes, despite
the best methodology and careful observation incorrect conclusions about how
things work will occur without teacher-provided context or complementary guided