The Early Years

Gauthier, Gail
November 2005
Science & Children;Nov/Dec2005, Vol. 43 Issue 3, p20
Academic Journal
The article presents information on the use of science centers to develop students' science learning skills and the comments of different educators on literacy with science activities-through the use of science centers at the Early Years Blog. Open-ended science or discovery centers are a perfect way for teachers to help students develop science processes and build literacy skills while they integrate science into the curriculum. The discovery centers for preK to kindergarten foster observational and problem-solving skills through exploration and examination of objects, which best matches this age group's interests and abilities. Through these explorations, students can also develop vocabulary and be encouraged as they learn to write. According to Gail Gauthier, a science teacher, a small table can serve as a permanent science center. A freestanding table top magnifying glass and smaller magnifying glasses of various sizes are perfect. Karen Worth, a Science Educator suggests that, maybe teachers not want a content-based science learning center but rather a place where tools of science are kept. For him, a science learning center can feel constraining because science can happen in many places indoors and out.


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