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Kindergarten Readiness: Science

What Is Science?

A child's ability to understand basic concepts revolving around measuring physical, life and earth science and engineering.

How Can I Teach This At Home?


1. Let children play outdoors! They will learn a lot about the world around them by experimenting with the natural environment.

2. Cook with your children! Measurements of objects and their changes is an introduction to other, deeper theories in science.

3. Drop toys into the bath at bathtime. Ask your child, "Why does this float?" or "Why does this sink?".


1. Read books that show different elements of science.

2. Point out different plants, animals, and weather in books. This will help children better understand the differences between things.


1. Sing the "Mr. Sun Song" with your child to teach them about the sun!

2. Sing "If You're Happy and You Know It" with your child! 

3. Sing the "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes Song" with your child too!

1. Talk about the weather and point out changes, especially as the seasons change. Ask your child about dressing appropriately for the weather. Such as, "It's cold outside. What should we wear today?"

2. Talk to your children about their different body parts. Especially point out things we use for the five senses (e.g., eyes to see, ears to hear, nose to smell, hands to touch, mouth to taste).


1. Have children draw pictures of people with body parts! Stick figures are a great way to have children start.

2. Have children draw different kinds of weather.

Skills Checklist

Where Do I Start?

Need More?

The catalog for the Waco-McLennan County Library is available here!

If you want to search for more resources in our catalog in this subject, we suggest you search for the following subject headings:

For more assistance with searching and locating items held by the Waco-McLennan County Library, use our Ask a Librarian feature available on our catalog website or stop in to one of our branches!

The Waco-McLennan County Library provides patrons with access to resources through our Electronic Resources page, which can be found here. Suggested databases are listed below:

Did You Know?

The largest mammal on Earth is the blue whale. They can grow to over 100 feet long and weigh over 330,000 pounds. Their heart, which weighs about 400 pounds, beats on average only 4-8 times per minute! By comparison, the human heart weighs about 10 ounces (less than 1 pound!) and beats 60-100 times per minute.