The Kindergarten children have recently shown an interest towards volcanoes. While the children were visiting the library for story time recently, one of the children found a book on volcanoes. The children borrowed the book and took it back to the kinder room to read during group time, which is where their interest in volcanoes sparked.
The book taught the Kinder children how volcanoes are formed, as well as teaching them interesting facts and information. The inquisitive children asked lots of questions.
We used the children's iPads to research more about volcanoes and watch a documentary on how volcanoes are formed and what happens when they erupt.
Now that we had researched and understood volcanoes, we decided to perform a science experiment! With assistance from the Educator, the Kinder children created a volcano using paper mache.
We collected the ingredients to make "lava" which was; bi-carb soda, vinegar and food colouring. The Kinder children gathered in a circle and observed as we poured the bi-carb soda into the volcano followed by the vinegar.
Mixing the elements caused a chemical reaction and the Kinder's observed the liquid bubbling over and out of the volcano, just like lava!
Children learn best when they’re involved in the learning process. For the educators, this means allowing the children to guide their own learning experiences, ask questions and partake in group discussion.