Parents Coordinate Science Program to Foster Learning
kindergarten students focused on sound and vibration, learning about
echoes and sound waves. Yet, for many, the best part was sharing the
learning with their partner, as recent programs at both Creekside and
Liberty Early Childhood schools allowed students and their parents to
experiment and learn side by side.
The Curie Newton program,
which is coordinated by the schools’ PTOs and led by parents, shares
science concepts in a fun, informal manner. For kindergartners, that
meant learning about sound and vibrations. They discussed how sound is
made and how sound travels, then created instruments using tissue
boxes, rubber bands, and toilet tubes. Students researched how
different materials make different sounds.
According to Daniel
Colpi, Liberty’s PTO chair, the Curie Newton program poses specific
questions to kindergarten and first grade students, and provides a set
of interactive stations to guide them through coming up with the
answer themselves. In the days following the experiments, the
kindergartners are asked to answer questions such as “What is a
hypothesis?” and “How do we know if our hypothesis is right or wrong?”
recent program held at the two schools also focused on science.
Designed for both kindergarten and first graders, the sessions covered
how worms move and breathe and what worms need to survive. Students
got to look at the worms with magnifying glasses and hold them while
they examined them.
Both schools will soon hold Curie Newton
programs for their first grade students, covering topics such as the
force of gravity, pulleys, and inclined planes.