SHS Kindergarten students showcase learning in science fair
Tim Brody - Associate Editor
From a book and a question, children’s knowledge grew and a science fair bloomed.
Families of children in Sacred Heart School’s four Kindergarten classes packed the school’s gymnasium on February 2 to take in the many projects created for the Kindergarten Science Fair.
“We found this book in our library called Iggy Peck, Architect (by Andrea Beaty) and we (she and the other three Kindergarten teachers at the school) thought it was such a great resource to use to inspire the kids to build. We were trying to figure out a way for all of us to share it. We decided that, coming back from Christmas, the kids are like a blank slate, ready to learn new things. We decided this would be a really great way for them to jump back into school and learn some new things about building,” Kindergarten French class teacher Lindsay Lacey explained.
“We touched base, all the Kindergarten teachers and said, okay, what are we going to ask the kids? How are we going to get this started? We thought our first question would be what is a builder? And from that question, what is a builder, each class took it in a different direction. In my class, we went into animals. Animals are builders. Beavers are builders, so we went in a different direction than say Lindsay’s class, who really took on construction, building materials, stuff like that. Everyone had their own learning journey using the same resource,” Kindergarten French class teacher Elena Soulias shared.
“Everything that followed was where the kids wanted to go with it,” Lacey said. “They started building different things. I know Mrs. Winstanley’s class got into some Mayan ruins… Mrs. Gaudry’s class, their idea of what is a builder, they immediately went to what they had learned in Christian Living, and they’re like God’s a builder. He’s a creator.”
“We prompted them to show their knowledge in a different way. So a lot of them made plans about their structures or drew a picture afterwards. We had blueprints. That gets them reading, and writing, and sharing,” Lacey imparted.
“A lot of the inquires that we do are either prompted from a book or something that a student has shared,” Lacey explained.
“They usually take it places that totally exceed our expectations,” Soulias added.
“This is the first time that all four classes had the same kind of inquiry, the same material to use. It was neat to see… 50 to 60 Kindergarten students and they all had something to share,” Lacey commented.
She added, “I think as soon as we told them about the science fair… before that they were just building for their own excitement and knowledge and when we mentioned we were going to have a display… they got really excited about it. Even today, when they came in, they were asking how many hours until the science fair?”
Students were thrilled when they were told their families would be invited to the science fair.
“It was like a whole new level. I got, I have to go back and I need to make changes,” Soulias said. Students were very proud of their creations and the work they’d put into them, she added.
“I was so happy! We had so many families come. I wasn’t expecting the turnout that was in our foyer when we walked down there,” Lacey said.
“We would do it again for sure!” Soulias said. “Any time that we can get families involved and in the school is great.”