Our Science Nook

Our Science Nook, complete with lab coats and goggles – a must have for budding scientists!!

On Thursday I usually do my preschool post on our latest B4FIAR book.  This week we have had the most glorious weather and the children played all day outside building forts, huts and goodness know what else.  Our garden looks like a bomb has hit it.  We have very happy children, but alas, not terribly educated ones this week!  We are working on Goodnight Moon, but haven’t quite finished everything (that should maybe read – haven’t quite started anything) – I’ll post on this next week.

We have, however, done lots of science play.  This year I am making some changes to the children’s science experience.  I will still continue with Apologia’s Anatomy (with the older ones) as usual.  It will  be the peripheral science which I will be changing.  I have already posted about including nature study into our science day with a year-long pond study, which we began on Monday.

The second change has been to purposefully include science into my littles ones schooling.  Monday is going to be our home school science day.  I’m hoping having a whole day put aside for science will encourage me to fulfil my goals.  We will do Freddie maths on a Monday which by its very nature is a short lesson, but the rest of the day will be set aside for science.   I will oversee the preschoolers science but I am going to enlist the help of the older children, more for their sake than mine.  I’d like them to experience science ‘just for fun’ rather than academically.  One hour will be pumped into preschool science, with each child having 20 minutes with the little ones for fun experimentation.  My preschooler’s science school will be called ‘Young Scientists at play’.  Not very, very original but it has grabbed their attention and they are very excited about starting.

T11 overseeing the science 'experiments!'

T11 overseeing the science ‘experiments!’

I knew I wanted a theme, because I work better in preparing lessons if I have a theme to narrow my research field (stops me getting overwhelmed).  I also wanted each experiment to be fun, be short and most importantly to show immediate results.  Ideally, the result can be played with afterwards.   My chosen theme is COLOUR.  Each experiment or activity will be loosely woven around this.

Pouring coloured water

Pouring coloured water

The second way I will encourage scientific play will be by setting up a science station, just for 1/2 an hour a week in the bathroom.  I have bought some plastic measuring containers and other plastic scientific tools.  I am hoping that adding these to unlimited supplies of coloured waters, salt, flour etc will instill a need to mix.  Actually I know it will.  Our bathroom, in our very quirky house, is a room off our kitchen which is where I will be with the older ones.  I’ll be within reach but this will, purposefully, be unsupervised play (deep breath!):

A4 with her pipette and coloured waters

A4 with her pipette and coloured waters

I introduced them to their ‘nook’ this week.  To say they loved it would be an understatement!  They played for hours….

Used funnels...

Using funnels…

Pippettes....

pipettes….

measuring spoons...

measuring spoons…

all sorts of measuring cups and cylinders...

all sorts of measuring cups and cylinders…

And made lots and lots of lovely, wet mess!!

And made lots and lots of lovely, wet mess!!

Coming away with a sense of wonder.

Coming away with a sense of wonder.

This was so worth the money, the time and the mess.  Clean up was easy peasy, with everything fitting in their science box ready for next Monday:

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So much fun!

Resource kits from amazon:

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