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The arrival of an axolotl called Miguel was a great time to introduce our Kindergarten students to the magic of science and more specifically, what scientists do for a living.
Miguel the axolotl, also known as a Mexican salamander or Mexican walking fish, was kindly donated to Woodstock by a former student. Since our K-2 students are currently studying Living Things, Miss Richardson’s Kindergarten class have taken a keen interest in Miguel, talking about their observations, asking questions and listening to each other’s ideas.
This included a lively discussion on what they thought Miguel might need each day to survive. Answers included food, a house, cuddles, love and God!
Miss Richardson decided to harness their enthusiasm to talk about science. Many children have no prior exposure or understanding of science before entering Kindergarten, so Miss Richardson began by asking them what they thought a scientist might look like and what they might do. She let the students be as creative as they wished, so as not to limit their thinking. She then asked them to draw a picture of a scientist at work and describe to her what they were doing. The results speak for themselves!
I am a scientist and I have colourful potions.
I am a scientist looking at plants and picking off flower petals so I can make perfume.
I am a scientist and I do potions and I like to make new things.
I am a scientist and I am collecting lots of tiny creatures and discovering gold and teeny tiny rocks.
I am a scientist pouring potions to discover the special type of stone.
As a scientist, I like to plant flowers and I could make a new tree.
These are scientist kids and they like spiders.
I’m a scientist and I am looking at fish.
As a scientist, I want to shrink myself so I can creep under walls and open doors.
I am a scientist and I want to find animals like butterflies.
I am a scientist and I like pouring potions into other potions.
I am a scientist and I can make things smell nice.
I am a scientist with potions and I explore animals.
I am a scientist and I like to make new things like the moon and the sun.
I drew love hearts because I am studying love.
I am a scientist with potions and I have buttons and I explore animals.