This is a typical excerpt from one of the stories about the little extra-terrestrial creature Vinus, whose space capsule makes a rough landing on Earth. Things on the Earth are perfectly normal for the children Ben and Lili and their dog Jojo, but that doesn’t mean they can really explain everything correctly. So they set off together to investigate certain phenomena.
The use of storytelling as a methodology captivates the pupils right from the start. Through stories about Vinus and his friends, topics are transposed from the instruction syllabus to the real world of the children. This gives open questions personal meaning for the children. As a result, they are excited to find the solution to the question for themselves and retain a solid understanding of the responses and interrelationships.
Vinus explores the world is an innovative series based on the storytelling method that combines stories with experimentation.
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And here’s how it works:
- For each topic, such as ‘Air’, there are separate stories – for the extra-terrestrial creature, they are episodes. The key points arising from an episode always lead to a concrete topic of instruction, e. g. “Air has a weight”.
- The episode incites the children to develop their own questions and conjectures. The concept story helps them do so.
- This enables each child to reach the intended conclusions individually at their own pace and in their own way. There is no right or wrong here, detours are permitted.
- The materials are precisely matched to the content of the episode, thereby maintaining motivation through‧out the duration of the experiment.
- This is investigative discovery learning, which furthermore demands social skills because problems are solved together.
- The observations and findings can be recorded in the logbook individually according to the abilities of the child.
Children learn about water and its properties
Episode 1: Off we go on a water adventure
Swimming, sinking and diving
Episode 2: Of Frogs and Flumes
Water in motion / water resistance
Episode 3: Waves, Whirlpools and Pirates
Water solubility / plant growth
Episode 4: I drink, you drink – who else ?
Physical states of water / weather
Episode 5: Rain, snow – oh no, oh no !
Children explore the properties of water using their senses. The aim is to feel water, to examine the taste and the color of water. The conditions for a reflective surface can be experienced. Sounds in and under water, of and with water are explored.
The physical characteristics of water (adhesive force, adhesion and cohesion) are explored with the help of the size-adjustable Vinus hands or paint paddles that stick together. Various small parts and everyday objects can be examined and compared with one another in terms of their properties with regard to adhesion to the Vinus hands.
Students apply creative solutions to make non-buoyant materials float using buoyant materials.
Through an enlarged support, the children get to know the principles of displacement and buoyancy of water.
The lotus effect is studied in detail by the children. The experiment materials are used as well as the nasturtium that they have grown themselves, which exhibits this effect wonderfully on its leaves. The leaves in the immediate vicinity can also be investigated and analyzed in a planned manner.
First experimental experiences with the different states of water are made. The children learn how the transitions of the states of matter solid to liquid (melting ice) and gaseous to liquid (condensation) can occur. Liquid to gaseous is examined in the homework area.
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