Preschool Science

During free play a few weeks ago I was sitting at a table with 4 young children examining rocks and shells with magnifying glasses.  The conversation went like this:

Girl:  What’s this?

Her sister: A chambered Nautilus.

Boy: (examining the ridges of another shell) This looks like a road!

Another Boy:  This rock smells like green beans!

One 4-year-old wanted to take home the smooth shell she was holding, rubbing it gently against her cheek.  Instead she drew a picture, first tracing then coloring the shell.  She showed it to her table-mates.

“We’re being scientists!”  she pronounced.  And this was so:  the children were using their senses of smell, touch and sight, taking field notes and drawing what they saw.  This is preschool science.