Investigation stations are a huge part of my preschool curriculum. Children need the opportunity to explore, discover, question, and make decisions on their own. Mother Goose Time has a suggested investigation station built into each days activities.
I make investigation stations a part of our curriculum each day. I ask a question and let the kids explore given materials to try and find an answer to the question on their own.
One investigation station is introduced each day. By the end of the week, the students have 5 stations to choose from during free choice time!
The first station we did this week was a play dough station. We were learning about invisibility. We made prints and designs in the play dough and the students had to figure out how to make the prints disappear. After making the prints, they squished the dough to make the prints disappear. We talked about the definition of invisibility.
The second station we did this week was puzzles. We learned about the super power speed. I timed my student completing a puzzle. Then, we timed her doing the same puzzle to see if she could get a faster time.
For some of my puzzles, I drew designs on the board and on the back of the puzzle pieces so the students knew where to put the pieces. They have to match the design on the back of the puzzle piece to the design on the board. This is great for students who are just learning to do puzzles.
It’s fun to see the students want to play the same games and do the same activities during their free choice time. I am excited for the other investigation stations this week to see what my students can discover.
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