Putting science into play

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Mini-camp this week teaches preschoolers through experimentation

By Anna Taylor

It’s never too early to experiment with science.


Hardin County Schools’ Early Child­hood Education Depart­ment is sponsoring a Science in Action mini-camp for children ages 3 to 6 this week at Howevalley Elementary School. The program gives children the opportunity to learn about science and how things work through hands-on activities.

The main experiments Monday were about sinking and floating. Tara Martin, a preschool teacher at Howevalley, said the activities they do are a fun way for the kids to learn.

About 14 children attended with 14 adults, including John Horton of Vine Grove who brought his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He watched them test floating a bottle on water.

“(Martin) was showing them how some things float and some things don’t,” Horton said. “A bottle won’t float if it’s full of water.”

Throughout the week, the children will learn about motion, sound, measurement, light and magnets with the activities and subject matter changing each day. The camp schedule every day includes science centers, small group activities, journaling and ends with a snack.

Not only do the children who participate learn and have fun, but parents also benefit. Activities at the camp are meant to demonstrate learning opportunities that can be done at home.

“It doesn’t cost much,” Martin said. “You don’t have to have all of these elaborate things to teach science. It’s just simple stuff around the house.”

Each parent who attends this week will take home an experiment kit of science activities appropriate for children to do at home with parents.

“The earlier you teach them the better it is,” Martin said. “Those early intervention years are key.”

Martin also stressed how science is getting more attention at Howevalley Elementary School.

“That’s the big push recently,” Martin said. “We’re increasing science activities within the classroom and all over the school, actually.”

The free mini-camp continues from 10 to 11:30 a.m. today through Friday. Advance registration is not required. For more information, call 270-769-8911.

Anna Taylor can be reached at 270-505-1747 or ataylor@thenewsenterprise.com.