The development of early math and science at CS is focused on providing children with opportunities to participate in the scientific method, build a familiarity with the languages of math and science, and develop a drive to investigate and problem solve.
Our primary goal is for children to develop strong intellectual dispositions as they relate to working with math and science; we strive to help children develop the desire and capability to problem solve, to think flexibly, to collaborate, to question, to experiment, and to discuss. In the early years, particular science concepts are not the focus as the children’s interests dictate what types of phenomena are explored. It is through the children’s interests and ideas that the science curriculum is built and intellectual dispositions are nurtured as children explore physics, life science, geology, and more. Math is learned through play and discovery as we provide opportunities for children to learn the following foundational concepts: counting, data analysis, measurement, number operations, number sense, pattern, sets, shape, and spatial relationships.
While we have goals defined for each age group; we recognize that the continuum of mathematical development is wide and varied and we work to meet each individual child where they are at, celebrating all levels of development.
Scientific learning in the toddler program relates to how the children spend their days trying to make sense of their world. Some goals for the toddlers are:
Mathematical learning in the toddler program integrated in their daily routines. Some goals for the toddlers are:
Scientific learning in the young preschool program involves the children’s continued desire to makes sense of their impact on the world; the children continue to build upon the foundations set in the toddler room. Some goals for the young preschoolers are:
Mathematical learning in the young preschool program is built into their daily routines. Some goals for the young preschoolers are:
Scientific learning in the junior kindergarten program is hands on and extended; the children dig deep into topics of interest and develop competencies in their chosen interests. Some goals for the junior kindergarteners are:
Mathematical learning in the junior kindergarten program is hands on and relational; the children build relationships with math concepts and see themselves as people who can use. Because the junior kindergarten children spend two years with us, some of these goals are for the younger children in the class while others are for the older children in the class. Some goals for the junior kindergarteners are: