Last Friday the CentroNía hosted its Annual Science Fair at its headquarters location, where students and teachers shared their scientific side with the entire community. Science projects are a great tool for seeing, wondering, theorizing, and learning. They are a way to introduce concepts and develop new skills. As our early learners continue to develop their socio-emotional, physical, cognitive, and language development, Ms. Nicole and her early learners embarked onto learning and understanding the life cycle of a chicken!
Over a four week period the classroom had two special visitors: Apples and Peaches, two baby chicks that were named by Ms. Nicole’s class. In addition to Apples and Peaches, they also received 7 inseminated eggs in an incubator of which 6 of them hatched after 21 days.
During the four weeks Ms. Nicole’s Pre-K class learned that chickens are animals that live in groups called flocks. Each flock is made up of roosters, hens, and chicks. Roosters are male chickens and hens are female chickens. Chicks are their babies. They also learned that each chicken started its life by hatching from an egg and that they grow and change over time.
“While learning new science concepts my growing scientists also developed new and important skills in critical thinking, language, and math, says Ms. Nicole. However, Ms. Nicole focused closely on developing her early learners’ social-emotional skills during every layer of this science project. “Empathy is an important skill that children start to develop at this age” she adds, “children at this stage are learning to show their feelings to others, however this involves more than just expressing emotions. It also means taking turns, following routines, and showing care for others.”
This chick hatching project allowed Ms. Nicole’s early learners to put into practice all of the skills mentioned above such as new words, counting days, theorizing what might happen next, all while they worked together to take care of the chicks, clean the cage, and gently and compassionately holding and playing with the newly hatched babies.
Our visitors have now left for their next adventure in the Rent a Coop program cycle and this class will forever remember the time spent with such beautiful creatures.
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