Dear Berry Patch Families,
Young children are scientists at heart. Kids experiment to make sense of their world. Scientific learning begins at birth, with cause and effect and builds from there. Encourage curiosity and exploration. The backyard or a neighborhood park is a great place to start. There is a lot to learn in the natural world. Look for animal tracks, migrating birds or tree buds as spring blossoms.
Scientific learning happens indoors too. Bath time is a great time for sink or float experiments. Fingerpainting with primary colors leads children into creating secondary colors. Building block towers with wide and narrow bases leads to simple physics lessons. Use the following tips to guide your child into scientific discovery!
Tips and Tools for Young Scientists
- Provide tools for kids to use. Binoculars, tweezers, a magnifying glass, a notebook to record observations, colored pencils, and a ruler to get your child started in scientific exploration. Continue to add tools to the science toolbox.
- Ask open-ended questions to promote thinking skills. Listen and discuss the topic with your child.
- When experimenting, ask your child to predict what will happen, then test and observe the outcome together. This is a simplified way to introduce scientific method.
- Answer the myriad of “Why” questions you will inevitably be asked. Use scientific terms to expand your child’s vocabulary.
- Organize your children’s books into categories including a science section with books about animals, plants, weather, space, and other science related topics.
- Research together. Learning is a lifetime activity.
Explore, discover, and learn together as a family!
Becky Danielson, M.Ed.
“Great are the works of the Lord;
They are studied by all who delight in them”
Helpful Resources and Links
Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life by Richard Louv
Recommended by the National Science Teachers Association
Everyday Fun with Science: Let’s Talk About STEM Video
10 Tips to Support Children’s Science Learning
7 Reasons to Ask Your Child Good Questions
Get Growing! A Science Experiment for Kids