The Little Musical Scientist
SCIENCE THROUGH EXPLORATION, MUSIC AND MOVEMENT
This STEAM programme caters for 3-4 years old specifically. The children are highly inquisitive and creative at this age. Hands on activities harbour this benefit and enable the children to gain knowdelge about the world they live in through interactive play.
Music and movement are incorporated in some activities to let the children grasp the knowledge and words better. Music is known to develop social skills, inspires creativity, build confidence, teach discipline and patience. Movement benefits include developing small and large motor skills and improving balance and coordination. The children also get the explore with various musical instruments.
The Little Musical Scientist is focused on science-based activities around the world. Some of the activities include exploding volcano, self inflating balloon, acid and alkali, water density, forces, sound and others. There are hundreds of activities lined up for the children to explore with each week filled with diffferent activities.
They will also be introduced to early technology. Technology refers to items that were man made to complete a tasks easier. Example, a catapult is a techology to launch a heavy object to a distance far away. In this activity, they learn how to create a catapult and learnt the correlation between the weight of the object to be launched and the elastic force of the catapult. The futher the catapult is pulled down, the further the object will land and vice versa.
CREATIVE and PROCESS ARTS
Arts is a freedom of expression. In this programme, we teach the children to create an artpiece using different methods and materials. We focus on the process of creating an art piece rather than the end product.
In the picture to the right, the child was engaging in the pendulum painting. He used a pendulum set up and swung it to allow the paint to create an art piece. There was no duplication in the creation of the art piece. Each art piece has individual characteristics and belong to the child (the artist). This method give the child a sense of achievement and he/she will be proud of the creation. In this activity, they learnt about gravity, the force and momentum of swinging the pendulum and colour mixing.
Children are introduced to early engineering in this programme. They learn to plan, design, create, test and improve on their creations either individually or as a group. They will then perform a show and tell on their creations to their peers.
This will enhance their imaginative skills, collaboration and communication skills among others. They can bring some of their proud creations home for extended learning with their family members.