- Children are natural scientists who collect data, analyze, classify and make predictions as they interact with the environment. This ongoing process of discovery results in the construction of broad concepts as children formulate logical conclusions based on their experience.
- A prepared classroom environment that encourages active manipulation of a variety of materials enhances this process of concept formation. Teachers who engage with the children in inquiry and investigation, through more structured learning experiences as well as through "teachable moments," help them to extend their understanding by refining existing concepts and constructing new ones.
- Language becomes increasingly important as a means of organizing thoughts and experiences, and the introduction of new vocabulary in a meaningful context further facilitates language development.
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