This week during our hour of Young Scientists at Play I created a concoctions lab, enlisting the help of one of my twins:
I made up a tray full of bits and pieces from the kitchen:
And then we let the fun begin! We are always as hands off as possible during preschool science. This is chiefly exploratory time for them and as such I have NO end result in mind. This is one of the most freeing ways to home school, yet the children are still learning loads:
B2 is by far my hardest baby to keep content. She is unsettled ALOT of the time. Yet for one hour a week she is peaceful, absorbed, with no expectations hampering her learning. This has fed some rather exciting ideas for an hour activity each day, with open-ended learning for my pre-schoolers. I’ll share in the future, if they prove successful.
I had one last activity for my little ones, to reinforce what they had learnt the week before. A4 was very excited. She is such a pleasure to teach, lapping up anything and everything I do with her. Such a privilege to home-school! This time I filled them a small tray each, full of bicarb. I filled up a couple of trays of test tubes with vinegar which I coloured lots of different colours:
The goal was for them to pipette different colours of vinegars onto the bicarb, not just to see the fizzy reaction, but to notice the mixing of colours:
This one hour of science play has helped open my eyes to see potential in B2, a peek into her way of learning, into the activities which interest her. I think it has been one of the most successful ideas I have ever implemented in our school. Long may it last!