Children are natural born scientists. They have been observing, predicting, testing, and making conclusions about the world around them since they were infants. We are exposed to science daily and science is integrated into everything we do (cooking, gardening, pet care, health and hygiene). Therefore, its easy to find an area of science where children have some personal experience. Building onto experience, developing the childs innate curiosity through inquiry, and teaching scientific literacy will create minds for a scientific and technological world.
In Mountain View School’s science lab, children from first through sixth grade study life, physical, and Earth science. When the children are in the lab, they are young scientists. They collaborate ideas, formulate predictions from observations, develop literacy and scientific writing skills, analyze information and make conclusions in all areas of science. In recent years, science has taken a “hands-on” approach because children enjoy personal involvement in the learning process. In addition to using the manipulatives and the technology, it is also important that children evaluate and make decisions and conclusions with the acquired information so they are prepared for the challenges of their future.
The funds donated through MAGIC have allowed our children the opportunity to explore, discover and study the field of science as scientists. The students of Mountain View School are developing a strong foundation in science education which they will need to help them succeed in the next century.