Science

Preschool Science


Preschool-aged children have an innate curiosity about the world and how it operates.  We capitalize on that curiosity by introducing science as a fundamental tool to help them make sense of their environment.  

Students of this age like to ask a lot of questions, and they also like to come up with their own answers.  Our standards based courses are hands-on and project-based so that students can do just that! Teachers help students with the concepts of scientific inquiry and investigation, thus immersing them in the fundamentals of scientific learning.


Option A

Discovering Plants and Animals

This course in life science explores the structures, needs, and life cycles of plants and animals.  Students discover seeds, plant them, and watch them grow; they set up habitats for zebrafish and milkweed bugs and observe them over the course of the unit, and finally, we investigate human impact on the environment, particularly as related to trash and recycling.

Children love to pick flowers, play with bunnies, and watch insects crawl around outside.  But despite their innate fascination for these living things, they haven’t quite yet made the connection that a flower, a bunny, and an insect are all living things and connected to one another.  

Discovering Plants and Animals was designed to expand the knowledge and appreciation that children already possess for living things by engaging them in fun-filled and interesting activities that will prepare them for more science exploration in kindergarten.

Lesson 1–Unit Introduction

Lesson 2–Seeds, Seeds, Seeds!

Lesson 3–Let’s Discover Plants!

Lesson 4–Let’s Discover Animals!

Lesson 5–Animal Environment Fun!

Option B

Discovering Motion and the Forces of Physics

Students see evidence of motion all around them.  They notice position, speed, pushes and pulls, but, they don’t yet understand how and why these events take place.  Discovering Motion and the Forces of Physics teaches these concepts interactively so that students can see for themselves why they go down instead of up on the slide at the playground, or why some objects fall faster than others.  This course brings motion to a level preschoolers can relate to, appreciate, and learn from.

Students will study motion on a personal level by considering their daily activities and the motions that accompany them.  They explore, describe, and play with the concepts of motion, speed, and force.  Models are manipulated by little hands to explore how pushes and pulls affect the speed and direction of an object’s motion.  To conclude the course, students apply what they learn to invent and play games as a class.

Lesson 1–Introduction to Forces and Motion

Lesson 2–Position and Motion

Lesson 3–Speed

Lesson 4--Force–Push and Pull

Lesson 5–Force–Speed

Option C

Discovering Solids and Liquids

Preschoolers may find it difficult to understand the abstract concepts of physical states of matter.  Discovering Solids and Liquids helps students to begin to clarify their comprehension  that matter exists in three different states and these states are present everywhere around them!  

Students are introduced to two key concepts of physical science–that solids and liquids are two states of matter and that each has its own identifiable properties such as shape, color, texture, and hardness.  We conduct fun experiments to determine whether the solids will float or sink, roll or stack, or attract a magnet.

Lesson 1–Introduction to Solids and Liquids

Lesson 2–Properties Investigation

Lesson 3–Experiments in Fun

Lesson 4–Liquids

Lesson 5–Writing About What We’ve Learned

Technology

Preschool Technology


Preschoolers love technology!  They love to play online games, explore age-appropriate websites, create, and showcase their creations! We encourage that type of curiosity in our young scholars. Our technology curriculum consists of constantly evolving and engaging project-based activities that give your preschooler a head start in school.  

Your preschooler can learn how to code in our Introduction to Computer Programming for Preschool, or they can learn the fundamentals of computing in Discovering Technology, or they can blend literacy and technology in the fun and popular Fairy Tales and Technology.


Option A

Introduction to Computer Programming for Preschool

What does computer programming look like in preschool?  It looks like fun! Digital skills are important life skills students will need throughout their academic studies. Give your child an edge by enrolling them in our computer programming course, where they will have lots of fun while learning how to program computers!

Even the youngest students can explore and learn about computing. Teachers help students begin to explore the wondrous possibilities of technology while also teaching about digital citizenship and digital safety.  We provide students with a safe online space to learn the skills needed to interact with technology productively and masterfully.

Lesson 1

Introduction to Computers

Tutorial on How to Use a Computer

Fun Online Destinations!

Lesson 2

Happy Maps (unplugged activity)

Move-It, Move-It (unplugged activity)

Drag-and-Drop

Lesson 3

Maze Sequence

Maze Debugging

Lesson 4

Algorithms

Bee Sequence

Lesson 5

Artist Sequence

Building a Foundation (unplugged activity)

Option B

Discovering Technology

At this young age, technology skills are not implicitly taught.  Instead, technology is infused naturally into the student environment so that children can associate using it with their everyday lives (just like grownups!).

We set the stage for successful exploration by providing cutting-edge materials, engaging activities, and cool gadgets for kids to play with and learn from.  Your child will be introduced to computers, play with fun apps, create picture books with their very own pictures that they take themselves, learn about digital citizenship, and learn where to go for safe online learning.

Lesson 1–Computer Skills

Lesson 2–Interactive Applications

Lesson 3–Digital Cameras

Lesson 4–Browsers

Lesson 5–Fun Software

Option C

Fairy Tales and Technology

In this unit, fairy tales are paired with technology to help students learn in more than one dimension. Students are introduced to technology skills while reading and discussing digital, animated fairy tales such as The Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  After mastering the technology, students are supported through their own composition process.  We conclude the unit with students writing their very own digital fairy tales which they share with their classmates and families.

Lesson 1–Introduction to Technology

Lesson 2–Introduction to Fairy Tales

Lesson 3–The Three Billy Goats Gruff Bridge Lab

Lesson 4–The Three Little Pigs House Lab

Lesson 5–Goldilocks and the Three Bears Chair Lab

Engineering

Preschool Engineering


Our engineering courses for preschool are welcoming, imaginative, and child-centered.  We focus on fun first so that children acclimate to our curriculum with ease.  Once they’re hooked, then the real learning can begin!

We are increasing our expectations of preschoolers with these mind-bending engineering courses! Children of this age want to engage in the engineering design process and we encourage them to do so by helping them develop an engineering plan, devising a design, building a prototype and testing it.


Option A

Hands-On Engineering Labs

Because children learn by doing, we blend lots of fun with hands-on projects that teach students the basics of engineering.  Invention and innovation is the name of the game in this course. Students begin working with items they are familiar with such as towers and ramp races, but soon graduate to more complex engineering projects such as building rocket cars and inventing the best back scratcher ever!

Lesson 1–Towers, Ramps, Pillow Forts, and Lincoln Log Fun

Lesson 2–Newton Rocket Car Lab

Lesson 3–Backscratcher Lab

Lesson 4–Do Different Colors Absorb Heat Better?

Lesson 5–How Tall Are We, Really?

Option B

Engineering in the Real World

Classic construction toys have been around for over a century and kids have loved playing with them.  In this course, we supercharge those construction favorites for the 21st century.  Your youngster will learn that there’s a lot of work that goes into designing and building efficient construction projects.  In the first half of this unit, students design, build, and test a pretend construction site, complete with rocks and dirt! For the second half of this unit, children design, build, and test multi-use vehicles with the help and support of teachers. We add a little competition to the engineering process by completing the unit with an award ceremony celebrating student innovations.

Lesson 1–Construction Site Lab 1

Lesson 2–Construction Site Lab 2

Lesson 3–Transportation Lab 1

Lesson 4–Transportation Lab 2

Lesson 5–Student Showcase

Option C

Engineering Structures

This course introduces students to the exciting world of bridges, skyscrapers, roller coasters, and tall, tall, tall towers.  We design fun structures, build them, and then test their validity by crashing, crunching, and burying them. Students learn engineering while having fun building!

Lesson 1–Building Towers Lab

Lesson 2–Bridges Lab

Lesson 3–Magnetic Building Lab

Lesson 4–Marble Run Lab

Lesson 5–Roller Coaster Lab

Math

Preschool Math


Early math matters! A head start in math is beneficial for many preschoolers at this age.  They love to organize and count things such as their toys, cars on the road, or just about anything.  Our curriculum goes beyond numbers and counting to ten.  We encourage students to learn basic, yet very important math skills while singing, dancing, and having a good time.     

Preschool math lessons are constantly evolving, fun-filled, and engaging. Students can learn about the software available to help them practice math skills online in Digital Math, or they can get a head start learning grade level fundamentals in Math Missions: Pre-kindergarten, or they can learn how math connects to other subjects such as history or art in Math Connections.


Option A

Digital Math

Children love this class because it blends math and technology for a fantastic, multidimensional learning experience that helps them to better understand abstract math concepts. The lessons in this course are colorful, cheerful, vibrant, and constantly evolving. By the end of this class, students will have learned new math concepts, how to navigate digital devices safely, and how to work in teams.   

Lesson 1–Introduction to IXL

Lesson 2–Software Lab 1

Lesson 3–Software Lab 2

Lesson 4–Software Lab 3

Lesson 5–Student Showcase

Option B

Math Missions:  Pre-kindergarten

Early math matters! In this course, young learners get a head start in learning fundamental mathematical skills while singing, dancing, and having a blast! We work with numbers, geometry, measurement, patterns, and reasoning. We end the unit with a “Spectacular Student Showcase.”

Lesson 1–Numbers

Lesson 2–Geometry

Lesson 3–Measurement

Lesson 4–Patterns, Reasoning, and Algebra

Lesson 5–Student Showcase

Option C

Math Connections

In this course, we learn how math lives all around us in almost everything that we do.  For some students at this level, subjects like math and art are abstract topics that may be difficult to understand, much less to connect to one another. This course examines and helps students make that connection between math and other subjects they are studying in school. We use fun, engaging, age-appropriate activities to help our young learners understand that math is not just about counting!

Lesson 1–Math and Art

Lesson 2–Math and Science

Lesson 3–Math and History

Lesson 4–Math and ELA

Lesson 5–Student Showcase

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