Early Childhood Children Learn Best When Playing

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Introduction
Children are very interested in the world around them, and when they explore science, it allows them to gain an understanding and make sense of the world around them. Early years children are curious and eager to find the answers to many different topics. Children will play, observe, participate in conversations, and ask many different questions. This is known as ‘everyday science’ (Campbell, Jobling & Howitt, 2015, p.8). Early childhood children learn best when playing. When an educator provides structured play, children can develop and build on their science knowledge (Walker, 2007, p.19). Early childhood children will also complete a series of trial and error exercises. The Science subjects within the Australian Curriculum [ACARA] provide a broad understanding of how things work together in the world in which we live. Giving children hands-on experiences allows them to observe different patterns of growth and change in living things, which allows them to start making predictions. A child’s science inquiry skills will begin to develop when exposed to different experiences such as how do plants grow, how is water used and how electricity work (Worth, 2010, para. 6). The experience in this report was aimed at an early childhood student by allowing him to conduct a hands-on science experiment. He was able to explore what happens when different products were added to refrigerated water. By predicting, observing and then explaining his results, the student was…
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