The 74 Million: An Educator’s View: Preschoolers As Young as 2 Can Learn About Science — and Love It. Here’s How.
Carmelo Piazza, the executive director/educational director of Brooklyn Preschool of Science, shares his philosophy about incorporating science in everything they do.
He says “Kids are natural scientists. Every parent remembers that phase when their children constantly asked “Why?” As kids get older, they might get more afraid of asking questions or getting things wrong. Preschoolers, though, haven’t learned to be embarrassed yet, and at Brooklyn Preschool of Science, my teachers want them to get things wrong. They want kids to explore the world around them, to keep asking “Why?” and trying to answer their own question.
Encouraging students to act like scientists frees them to playfully engage this side of themselves and makes them happy come to school.”
“Another tech tool that appeals to preschoolers is a robot called KIBO. It incorporates robotics and computational learning, but instead of coding by cutting and pasting virtually, on a screen, kids move actual wooden blocks, each of which has a command printed on it. They then use the robot to scan the blocks and set their program in motion. So they’re learning fundamental coding concepts like sequencing, but they’re also playing with blocks.”
Learn ways educators can incorporate this inquiry-based approach into their early learning classrooms.