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Pegging children's questions to washing lines across the classroom to provide a more questioning atmosphere and focus attention on questions raised through observation and exploration: the shapes can represent the subject being explored, so that questions about ice balloons can be written on balloon shapes; . making question bubbles or speech bubbles with questions raised by children written on them: these can be displayed or brought to a larger group discussion. 40 Early explorations in science Classification Classification skills can be developed through observation and exploration; such skills are, indeed, necessary before children can effectively investigate further.

Helping children to enhance observations by giving them magnifiers, binocular microscopes, projection screens, stethoscopes, colour charts, etc. as appropriate to their age; . asking children to describe their observations, giving them new vocabulary as appropriate; . 2 A child's drawing of a pineapple The importance of exploration 37 . allowing children to describe the patterns, sequences and interpretations of events they observe; . asking children questions about their observations; . allowing children time to draw details of their observations.

The other children looked at the balloon carefully and while they did not notice the details that older children will notice (see Chapter 2) they focused on the water now puddling on the table. 18 Early explorations in science It's melting. Going away. Getting smaller. When different balloons are put into water, children have been amazed that all float but in different ways. They are particularly surprised that the ice balloon, which feels very heavy, will float. They have spent some time bobbing the balloons up and down and feeling them pushing against their hands.

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