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Discovery of the World



What is it?


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  • Showing an interest in the world they live in
  • Finding out why things happen and how things work through simple investigations
  • Developing a positive attitude towards the world around them

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Why is it important?


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  • Helps children widen their knowledge and acquire the essential skills and understanding to make sense of the world around them
  • Sustains children's natural curiosity

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Let's talk about Process Skills!


It is important for children to develop process skills such as observing, comparing, classifying, predicting, experimenting, recording and communicating. As they develop these skills, they begin to gain confidence in their ability to think, reason, build connections, make representations and communicate their ideas to others. 

Find out how you can use everyday items and activities to provide opportunities for your children to observe, compare, ask questions, experiment and discover! 

Observation
The outdoors offer many opportunities for children to notice details about plants and animals around them.
Observation
Children can also observe insects and animals around them. How can you guide the children’s observations?
Comparing
Children can compare leaves based on different attributes. What other things can children compare?
Classifying
Children can also group objects by different attributes. For example, how can these pebbles be put into different groups?
Asking Questions
Children are naturally curious! How can you help to frame their thinking and record their questions?
Experimenting
Think about setting up simple experiments for children to explore how things work.
Recording
How can children document their observations?
Recording
Drawing is also a good way of recording what they see. How can you help children to hone their observation and recording skills?
Communication
It is important to give children opportunities to talk about their observations and findings. What kind of questions and prompts can you use to facilitate their sharing?

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Developing a Sense of Responsibility and Care for the Environment


It is important to cultivate a positive attitude towards the environment in children from a young age. This helps them to recognise their responsibility in protecting the environment. How can you help your children to value and appreciate nature, and understand the importance of being responsible and showing care and respect for the environment and their role in it?


Using picture books, non-fiction books or videos

Raise children’s awareness of the need to show care and respect for the environment through a story. 

Bringing children outdoors

Provide opportunities for children to have direct experiences with the natural world to stimulate their interest and curiosity about living things around them.

Conducting gardening activities

Provide opportunities for children to develop an understanding and appreciation of nature as they learn how plants grow.

Role-modeling a positive attitude towards nature

Show care and respect for living things by releasing the snail back to the garden with the children after they have observed it in class. 

Using recycled materials

Help children develop an appreciation for natural resources by setting up a recycling corner and encouraging them to choose the recycled materials for their art and craft work. 

Making use of routines as learning opportunities

Remind children to save water by turning off the tap when they are rubbing their hands with soap and after handwashing. 

Involving parents in the children’s learning

Parents can help extend children’s learning beyond the classroom. Encourage them to set achievable goals for their children to demonstrate their care for the environment.