St. Monica and General Vanier B.A.S.E. Daycares: Budding Scientists Keep Calm and Experiment On!

Jodi Schwartz, B.A.S.E. Curriculum Advisor

With the help of Ms. Jodi, every week B.A.S.E. Daycare students at St. Monica Elementary and General Vanier Elementary become scientists.

On Monday afternoon, Ms. Vera’s Pre-K class at St. Monica created fireworks in a bottle by mixing food colouring with oil and then pouring it into a jug of water. The food colouring falls through the oil because water and oil don’t mix. Once the drops of colour reach the water, they release into firework swirls.

On Tuesday morning, Ms. Anna Maria’s Kindergarten and Grade 1 class at General Vanier worked on creating an ocean using water, food colouring and oil. We learned that oil and water do not mix no matter how much you shake the bottle.

The budding scientists have already done the following activities: volcanoes, silly putty, tornado in a bottle, optical illusions, oobleck, quicksand, gravity and sound vibrations.

St. Monica students expressed that the tornado in the bottle was “so cool” because of the sparkles flying around while they spun it in a circle.

General Vanier students also shared their feelings about the ocean in a bottle: “We loved it because it made us feel calm because we like oceans and bubbles. The fireworks in a bottle were so cool because they looked like fire when they reached the water! We also loved the silly putty. It felt weird because it went all over everything and in between our fingers.”

Everyone had a lot of fun learning about science through hands on activities with Ms. Jodi. What else is in store for the rest of our session, we wonder?

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