For the past 26 years, St. Charles kindergarten teacher Patti Bartholomew has been finding interesting ways for her students to learn. This year was no different as she held the first-ever kindergarten science fair.
"God made all these wonderful things in our world and we got to learn about them," she said.
Over the summer she invested 80 hours in making tri-folds to cover various aspects of science. When school started for the 2012-13 school year, she began teaching the kindergarteners by using fun ways to discover science.
Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
St. Charles kindergarten teacher Patti Bartholomew demonstrates the magic of liquids with students Katie Simko and Cassidy Stumreiter during the first kindergarten science fair on Friday.
In one experiment, a drop of mystery liquid was placed in a cup and water was added. The kids then had to guess what the newly colorful liquid tasted like.
To showcase what the students had learned, Bartholomew invited parents and grandparents to visit the school and the kindergarten science fair. The students themselves took on the role of teaching what they had learned.
"When you teach something, you retain 90 percent of what you are teaching," Bartholomew said.
Also involved with the project were the kindergartener's buddies. Each kindergarten student is teamed up with a sixth-grade student under a mentor program. The sixth-graders helped the young scientists to put their thoughts into writing for the science fair.
"This was our very first time for a science fair," Bartholomew said. "I have 20 students in my class and every one of them completed every science experiment with wonder and awe."