Preschool Science at Home

Five or six weeks ago, someone asked me how I go about setting up our science units. I wanted to spend some time really laying out that process. Since we have homeschooled from the start, I thought it would make the most sense to talk about the preschool years first. (Click here to see the second post in the series: Science in the Elementary Years.

Science in the preschool years:

I found that my kids absolutely loved science from an early age. For that reason, I did a lot of research on how to make it engaging.  I had a teaching background, but really had no idea how to tackle science for a three or four year old.  I spent a lot of time reading about the Montessori approach to science. I read some of the free online Montessori science albums such as Moteaco.com (this site was taken down) – and started to cover some of the topics that they suggested: zoology , botany, the human body, astronomy, geology and meteorology.  I also covered some basic science concepts through science experiments.

Update, 2016: At some point soon, I hope to share a printable version of all our preschool science, culture and geography activities (with clickable links). Stay tuned for that! :)

zoology: living and non-living (and the characteristics of living things), vertebrates-invertebrates, the 5 classes of animals, animals of the world, the parts of the animal, animals and their babies, animals and their group names, animals and their biomes (such as the rain forest, desert, forest), animal tracks, where do animals live? above ground-below ground, ocean animals, farm animals, Where do things come from?, Nocturnal and Diurnal Animals

botany: parts of plant, plant life cycles, fruits and vegetables, germinating seeds, edible plants, plant nutrition (colored carnations and slurping celery) — (plant unit-lots and lots of plant related activities and experiments!)

human body: the bones of the body, the five senses, smell matching (we’ve also done tons of other activities about how blood circulates and how food is digested that my youngest really enjoyed with my older kids. Check out our human body activities here if you want to go in more depth.)

astronomy: the planets of our solar system, the moon and its phases, lots more astronomy posts

geology: Earth’s layers, mountain formation, volcanoes, rocks and minerals, natural disasters

physical science: transparent, translucent, opaque

science experiments: there are so many terrific science experiment books to choose from. Anything that makes kids go, WOW, at this age works well. I found that I threw in lots of terms as we did the science experiments… things like acids and bases… that just form the first foundations of a science education. See the free science experiment packets below…

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So here are a few things you could get started with today!

Animals Around the World: Animal cards from each continent are over at that post

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Preschool Science: Animals Above-Below Ground Activity

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Inner and Outer Planets — Activity – ED still has this in her science notebook. We took it out and looked at the inner rocky planets and our gas giants… and the asteroid belt.

 The Phases of the Moon Activities (plus a homemade oreo cookie recipe at that post!!)

Science Experiments for ages 3-6 (and beyond!): I’ve shared these before but here were some of our favorite science experiments. Just download them and go!!

 Download your Free Science Experiment Packet (for ages 3-7 or so)

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 3 More Fun Science Experiments:

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If your kids are a little older, they might enjoy these chemistry experiments that my 7 year old did. You’ll find a free printable of those chemistry experiments at either of the posts below:

Other related posts you might be interested in:

Free and Useful Montessori Resources:

  • Living Montessori Now — This website has a wonderful collection of how parents are instituting Montessori inspired activities in their homes.
  • ETC Montessori – Free Downloadable Materials
  • Montessori Mom — This wonderful website has an extensive list of various Montessori resources.
  • Montessori Album — A growing site with lots of photos.
  • Montessori Materials — Lots of free resources. I especially love and use the paper purple beads for place value work in math (see “Bead Materials ones and tens, beads: hundreds and thousands. See my post about using these materials here.
  • Montessori for Everyone–Offers free downloads each month–sorting cards such as the seasons, where things come from, animal tracks and more.

You might also be interested in our  Animal Packet:

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