Young children are very curious about buildings. They want to know how they are constructed and what people do inside them. Perhaps you've seen a child mesmerized by large construction equipment as it moves massive piles of earth or hoists a steel beam high in the sky. Buildings vary in size, color, construction, material, function, and location and children go in and out of them many times a day. Sometimes they see buildings being constructed, repaired, or torn down.
This study offers many opportunities to explore buildings firsthand. Children will expand their knowledge and understanding of building materials and physical forces, exploring concepts in social studies related to shelter, jobs, and the purposes of different structures.