Help! I need ideas for adding more science into my kids' learning!
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Angelica posted August 20, 2019Use storybooks as opportunities for harnessing imagination, creativity, and scientific analysis. Considering ways science and engineering can help storybook characters with challenges is a fun way to get kids to start thinking like this more normally! After reading a story like the Gingerbread Man, practice designing different ways for the gingerbread man to get across the river other than on the sly fox’s head. Make sure your daycare has a STEAM center with materials like aluminum foil, foam board pieces, craft sticks, tape, and plastic straws. Follow the engineering design: imagine, plan, create, and improve. If you do this frequently like a game, even in conversation, your kids will begin thinking like mini scientists. 0 Likes
Clarisa posted August 20, 2019Nature works wonders for introducing your kids to science. Use moments during natural exploration to teach your kids biological processes like the water cycle. Feeling the moist Earth with your hands and experiencing the morning dew with your senses, followed by a temperature reading, can help your kids start piecing together and understanding the water cycle a little better. When its cooler we get a cloud, as the temperature rises and it gets warmer, this cloud turns into beads of dew. As it heats up more this water evaporates and goes into the sky, as we see happen during the day. At night, it cools again, and the process begins again. Taking these readings and observations every morning makes kids begin to think in an analytical manner. While my youngest work on discovery and act as pretend scientists, my eldest work on research projects researching animals and places around the world. This sets us up for many fun adventures to the zoo, museums aquarium, and family weekend trips. 0 Likes
Kori posted August 26, 2019Amazon will be your best friend! There are great introductory science exploratory kits that are age appropriate, include fun tools and lots of experiments. My children love hands on activities and the options through Amazon allow them to do just that. I have also found great ideals online that require materials we already have in our very home. There is an endless supply of activities available online that open the children up to explore the weather, water, gravity, volcanoes, flowers, animals and so much more in the world around them. We have a great time doing activities that are educational, fun and add value to our family quality time. 0 Likes
Vibion Pullins posted September 4, 2019Also try pinterest for fresh cost efficient ideas. I love taking kids to the science museum you can try to recreate things you've seen their at home. 0 Likes
Tasha posted September 12, 2019The fun thing about science is that you can incorporate it in so many ways while doing things that you would normally do each day anyway. Cooking and cleaning are just a couple of the daily activities you can plug into Google to search for relative science projects to do. Cooking = mixing, cleaning = activating chemicals. Learning made fun! 0 Likes
Tammy posted November 1, 2019Adding science is a great way to stimulate young children's curiosity with the world around them, develop their skills with problem solving and enhance scientific reasoning. The world around them provides the perfect classroom environment, where they can learn through varies activities that are more hands on, so they learn more by doing with minimal explanation required. You could consider creating a little science center space, where there are shelves with labeled boxes full of interesting things for them to discover. For example have little magnifying glasses and natural objects for them to look closer at like rocks, leaves or seashells. Another idea is a sorting tray and tweezers, where they can learn to count, classify items and sort them. You could also have a couple of living things like a classroom plant or pet like a fish, where they can observe these over time and learn how living things need nutrients to survive. Another suggestion are building blocks where they can challenge themselves to create something. So much fun to be had! 0 Likes