How is "Pathways to Science" Unique?

How is this science-based approach different from the “project approach” or Reggio Emilia programs?

Our program is unique in its emphasis on using scientific ways of thinking, talking and working to accomplish many of the same goals as other "promising practices" in early education.

It intentionally builds connections between and among ideas and activities, supporting a child's efforts to construct understanding. It uses familiar experiences to build a foundation for later learning. For example, studying cats and dogs prepares for later learning about wild animals. Learning about local ecology makes a basis for learning about the rain forest. Earth science may lead to space science later when abstract learning is easier to understand.

What is the Developmental Approach?

Pathways to Science is a developmental approach that builds on children’s natural impulse to explore with their senses, and to investigate and integrate learning through play.

Mastery of emotional and social skills is a requirement for a happy life. The science curriculum provides a context for developing social and emotional competence. Investigating an interesting topic, having ideas, recording and communicating findings strengthens children’s internal drive to develop in many areas. Mastery of skills builds confidence and self esteem.

Children play. Their excitement about new discoveries and their developing ability to ask questions and solve problems will naturally spill over into their play. Teachers can enrich the play by adding a new piece of equipment, giving a new word or adding some information that will extend and enhance the play, making it more complex and satisfying.

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