The following was submitted by “e” inc.
Environment science non-profit “e” inc., in partnership with the John F. Kennedy Family Service Center, Inc., has launched the “Head Start Scientists” program in Charlestown.
This early childhood science program addresses the stimulation and science education needs of over 80 low-income children in the Head Start and K-1 after school programs based in Charlestown’s Kennedy Center.
Head Start Scientists is designed to involve Kennedy Center children in science inquiry and problem solving through the use of investigations and experiments. Using an interactive curriculum created by “e” inc., pre-school children are exposed to natural phenomena and general themes and patterns in science.
By helping children observe the natural world, they learn to see relationships between living and non-living things and beings, as well as, the relationship between available resources and animal behaviors. “e” inc. will also take children out for real-time explorations where they can take pictures, use bug catchers and magnifying glasses and create field books for the things that they observe. Each class will also design and carry out action projects based on what they have learned, such as creating a vegetable or butterfly garden, adding recycling to their building, protecting trees, creating bird feeding stations, or saving energy and water.
Kennedy Center teachers involved with the Head Start Scientists program commented, “The science program is providing the children with hands-on and fun-filled science projects. The children are ecstatic when the “e” inc. teacher comes.”
“Our “e”inc. teacher, Mr. C, is great with the children,” said Nick Free, after school program teacher, Kennedy Center. “He understands the material he is presenting and is always prepared. He also understands my student population. He shows patience and tolerance with an appropriate sense of humor. The students love [their afterschool class] on Tuesdays with Mr. C. They talk about it during the day when I see the kids in the halls of the Harvard-Kent School.”
“By introducing science to children early in their learning, they will be able to use the world around them as a natural laboratory filled with phenomena they can study, classify, and try to understand,” said a Head Start classroom teacher at the Kennedy Center. “Head Start Scientists is a hands-on way to understand patterns, experiences and themes, to take on investigations, and to run experiments. Children can make predictions, learn to draw conclusions from evidence, hazard guesses that they back with evidence, and enjoy and appreciate their planet.”