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Kindergarten Science: What to Expect

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Updated on Apr 3, 2009

How can you grow a future scientist? “The role of a parent is to keep the child open," Dr. Wheeler says. Encourage your child to use her scientific eye at all times. Call attention to the world around you-- whether it's the fact that the train runs on electricity, or the fact that a new bird nest has popped up in your backyard oak tree. Be sure to encourage girls, as much as boys, in this field. Science has been given a masculine preference stereotype in the past, but the world will need more and more future scientists, and girls can have just as natural an inclination as boys to find the subject fascinating. You can help at home, with fun kindergarten science activities that are hands-on and engaging.

Curious where your child will be come kindergarten graduation? In terms of science, by the end of the year, your child should be able to:

  • Ask questions about science, and make predictions
  • Investigate and experiment to find answers
  • Use commonalities in objects and living things to sort and classify them
  • Observe and describe objects and processes
  • Be aware of and use the five senses
  • Observe and describe how things move
  • Know the difference between living and non-living things
  • Observe and describe weather and seasons
  • Know about what makes up our earth- water, rocks and dirt.

If you want to know how your child will feel about kindergarten science, take a look at what she's doing right now. Exploring? Observing? Taking in the natural word around her? Expect more of the same in kindergarten!

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