No, not that kind of waterfall – we’re thinking of the actual act of having water fall.
But let’s back up a little.
Now that the weather is as cold as ice, we’d like to look back to one of our fall learning experiences. We are incredibly proud of the learning that happens in all of our Today’s Family programs, and today’s post is no exception.
One of those lessons involved the children at one of our Kinder programs, when they learned about gravity and the magical powers of sponges. Here’s what happened: our Early Childhood Educator (ECE) showed the attentive children a sponge and a bottle of water and asked a question: “What would happen if I turn the bottle upside down?”
“The water would fall out!” the children explained.
“What if we put the sponge over the top of the bottle first?” the ECE asked.
This was a much more complicated question, but the children eventually agreed that the water would still fall out.
To everyone’s surprise, the water did not fall!
Eventually the children figured out why the water wasn’t pouring out of the bottle: the sponge had filled up with water, and was blocking the rest of it from getting out. The children learned that sponges hold liquid, and don’t release it unless somebody squeezes it to let the water out.
It’s easy to look at some of these exercises and think “they’re really simple and easy to do,” and you would be right. But they also offer fundamental lessons on how the world works to children who are experiencing it for the first time.
Remember: Everything you now know used to be a mystery to you, and it’s only by trying new things and watching the relationship between different objects. Instilling this natural curiosity and tendency to try things out is an incredibly important aspect of early childhood education, one that we are proud to foster at Today’s Family.