Too young to learn science? Never, says renown astrophysicist Neil de Grasse Tyson

Young Parents Team

Using makeshift funnels and tubes made of old drink bottles tied to a fence, a group of preschoolers play, pouring water and watching it travel through the spouts. Today’s lesson is on the properties of water and how gravity affects its flow.

In the far corner of the yard, another group of kids tend to a miniature garden, where they’ve watched their plants sprout from seedlings to lush leaves. This is typical of the outdoor play sessions at Kiddiwinkie Schoolhouse, where teachers weave lessons into enjoyable activities.

While children don’t learn science as a subject until Primary 3, some preschools recognise the need to start kids young. Kiddiwinkie, for example, incorporates science as part of its curriculum from the nursery level. 

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