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ScienceStart! ZipKits
ScienceStart! ZipKits

ScienceStart! ZipKits

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ScienceStart! Zipkits are designed for early childhood educators. The ZipKit Manual contains all the information needed to create and maintain a rich parent-outreach program.  It was developed over a 5 year period in a Head Start program, responding to the Head Start mandate to reach out to parents and engage them as their children’s primary educators. The program has also been popular in school-based preschool programs and in private preschools serving affluent families.  Topics and materials are familiar to parents and capitalize on children’s curiosity about their everyday world. The ZipKits can be used for many forms of parent outreach including classrooms, home-visits, and parent-child gatherings.

Science Zipkits contain instructions and all the materials needed for adults and children to carry out a science investigation together. These materials are for the family to keep. Each ZipKit activity opens with a statement that there are no right or wrong ways to do the activity.  The activities offer an opportunity for the parent and child to explore together, for the child to demonstrate what s/he is learning in school, and for the parent to support this learning. Often the activity is shared with siblings and other family members.

The ScienceStart! ZipKit Manual is designed for use by classroom teachers and contains:

·       Background information about science education in early childhood

·       Suggestions for organizing a ZipKit Program at your school

·       Lists of readily available materials for assembling ZipKits

·       Instruction sheets to photocopy for inclusion in each ZipKit

·       Graphs, charts, and other written materials as required for each ZipKit

The ScienceStart! ZipKit Manual contains instructions for 22 ZipKits.  These can be used with any preschool or after-school program.  They are sequenced and designed to coordinate with each module for classrooms using the Complete ScienceStart! Curriculum.

Each ZipKit activity is organized according to a simple science cycle and encourages inquiry-based questions, practicing science process skills such as making predictions and keeping records.

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