Science skills include a child’s ability to inquire, predict and evaluate observations. It supports a child’s ability to explore everyday life,physical properties within the surrounding environment and to make sense of concepts such as weather, natural habitats, and technology.

Similar to learning to count or read, learning how to “do” science is a lifelong process. Metacognitive skills develop as children describe what they see, ask questions about it, repeat the experience, and then think about how it connects to what they know about their surrounding environment (Ashbrook, 2003). Mother Goose Time leverages science-based projects and processes throughout the curriculum because science discovery serves as an ideal conduit for supporting children’s learning across different domains (French, 2004).

Science Skills and Skill Goals integrated within the Mother Goose Time Curriculum include:

25. Scientific Reasoning
25.1 Inquires and predicts
25.2 Observes and experiments
25.3 Evaluates and infers
26. Life Science
26.1 Identifies basic needs
26.2 Classifies organisms
27. Physical Science
27.1 Identifies properties of matter
27.2 Explores forces and motions
28 Earth Science
28.1 Identifies weather and climates
28.2 Explores ecosystems
29. Technology
29.1 Explores technology

Developmental Skill Continuum

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