The purpose of this project is to examine the power of play, guided discovery, and hands-on experiences in the early childhood classroom, specifically as it relates to early childhood science experience. This paper will also propose a science curriculum encompassing a hands-on, guided discovery, play-based approach. Thesis (M.A.)--California State University, San Bernardino, 2005. Includes ... [Show full abstract] bibliographical references (leaves 292-304).