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Discovery of the World

What is it?

  • 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?

  • 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! 

The outdoors offer many opportunities for children to notice details about plants and animals around them.
Children can also observe insects and animals around them. How can you guide the children’s observations?
Children can compare leaves based on different attributes. What other things can children compare?
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?
Think about setting up simple experiments for children to explore how things work.
How can children document their observations?
Drawing is also a good way of recording what they see. How can you help children to hone their observation and recording skills?
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?