Eagle Creek Academy
Cooking gives children a chance to follow directions, count, measure, plan ahead, and enjoy the outcome of their work!
What Water Teaches Us
First, as a class, we read the funny story about Mr. Archimedes and his bath. Then, in small groups, the children predicted and checked the “float-ability” of many classroom objects. After that, they tried out the Archimedes principle as they added and subtracted toy animals from a container of water and observed the water level rising and falling. Later, the small groups reported the scientific principles they had learned to the other groups.
Please click on this funny video (above) to see our preschool students as they get together in the middle school science lab to learn about chemical reactions. They love being in the big-kid spaces.
A recent study of preschools by Michigan State University shows that 99% of preschools engage children in literacy, but only 42% do science activities. We are part of the 58% that does science, and we do it on a steady basis!
Fun with Magnets
Children explored and observed magnetism by stacking magnets according to a color pattern. Why do some magnets appear to float?
We Have Bodies!
We learned about the skeleton, major organs, veins and muscles in our bodies. Then, we drew something we like to think about in our brains, something we like to eat in our stomachs, and something we love in our hearts, and glued them on to our paper bodies. One of the most interesting things we learned was that our hair and our finger nails are made of the same protein!
This group of preschool children developed a keen interest in the night sky, so we watched You Tube videos and memorized songs to learn the names and the order of the planets. We also learned many space facts. For example, we discovered that Jupiter's big, red spot is a constant storm that has been storming for hundreds of years. In this picture, the boys are in their space station, talking about what it would be like to live with no gravity.