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By GreatSchools Staff
Children should be encouraged to notice what they experience with their senses. A kindergartner would not be expected to read a thermometer to learn the temperature outside. Instead, your child might be asked whether it is hot or cold and which seasons typically have hot or cold weather. Likewise, teachers might discuss the food and water needs of a plant, and ask your child to compare them to their own nutritional needs.
A teacher who encourages your child to interact with materials and communicate observations plays a large role in helping her become a successful explorer.
The environment should encourage children to do the following:
Above and beyond any scientific facts, at this stage the focus should be on developing broad skills, including making observations and recording them, often through drawings. For example, teachers might ask their students to bite into an apple, taste it, then talk about their observations while referencing each of the five senses.
Updated April 2010
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