This spring, Science for Pre-schoolers is the resident host for our weekly Playdate at the Library sessions. We interviewed their co-founder Joelle about what to expect from their sessions and how scientific thinking can help kids develop important life skills.

Science for Preschoolers

Hi Joelle! Firstly, can you tell us a bit about the idea and purpose behind Science for Preschoolers?

Science for Preschoolers was founded by my husband Mahesh and myself; we are both medical scientists with over 15 years’ experience in addition to qualifications in psychology.

We also have five young children who all love to learn and experiment at home with us, so we created Science for Preschoolers to be able to provide the same experience to all children.

Science for Preschoolers aims to foster children’s natural curiosity of the world around them through rewarding hands-on science programs.

What can people expect from a Playdate at the Library session?

Each class is 30 minutes long and consists of two age-appropriate, hands-on scientific experiments based on the topic of that class (which is introduced through a short interactive presentation at the start of class, and reiterated at the conclusion of class through a short narrative).

Lesson reports are provided at the end of each class summarising the learning areas and objectives for the class in order to promote further discussions at home so the learning does not end when class does. 

Are there any particular experiments or lessons you’re looking forward to?

We love all of our lessons and experiments, seeing their faces as they take part provides us with great joy. The best part of all is hearing the kids use a scientific term that they learnt during our lesson.

Our motto is science is knowledge and knowledge is a superpower, so we strive to ignite the superhero scientist in all our students and this is what we look forward to the most!

What kind of growth or development do you see in kids after participating in your classes? 

The benefits aren’t limited to just the knowledge of scientific concepts. Our science classes for pre-schoolers teach children the scientific process which may help develop a range of life skills, including:

  • logical thinking and reasoning
  • planning and predicting
  • problem solving
  • communication
  • teamwork
  • listening and observation
  • fine motor refinement

These skills can help improve the child’s self-confidence and self-esteem, all of which can encourage independence.

Ultimately, helping the child prepare and transition into the exciting school years ahead!

Join Science for Pre-schoolers for online Playdate at the Library every Wednesday at 10.30am. Book now!

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