What is it?
Young children are natural scientists. They find the greatest joy in making their own discoveries in their world. To aid in the unfolding of their scientific minds, the cultural area focuses on:
Sparking interest and curiosity in the world
Encouraging exploration, experimentation and inquiry
Helping to develop the powers of observation
Helping to give a framework and appropriate vocabulary for classification
Knowledge is initially linked to the child’s interests and things that are apparent in the world around them, and therefore easy for them to relate to and learn about. A broad range of areas is included so that the child is given the 'keys to all areas', so that 'new worlds will open up to him when he is ready'.