Kids and science make the perfect match. Children are naturally curious, and science gives them an entire universe in which to feed their intuition. Science is also a fact-based discipline. Therefore, children are exposed to concrete concepts at their level.
Below are some science lessons that your child can grasp at a very young age. If you are looking for resources to help your child in understanding science, contact the Learning Lodge today.
How Do Children Learn Science?
Accord to the National Research Council (NRC) preschool children have well-developed theories about the natural world. At a very young age, children are capable of comprehending complex, scientific reasoning.
Like many other other disciplines, children learn science best by engaging in simple, but challenging activities that test the boundaries of their intellect. The National Science Foundation outlines eight practices that stimulate children’s cognitive abilities.
1. Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
2. Developing and using models
3. Planning and carrying out investigations
4. Analyzing and interpreting data
5. Using mathematics and computational thinking
6. Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
7. Engaging in argument from evidence
8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
In other words, the scientific method
The Scientific Method
Put simply, the scientific method validates a hypothesis using experiments that can be observed, measured, and tested. While children may not know what any of those words mean, they can apply the scientific method in a wide range of level-1 experiments. Some examples include:
● Mixing Colors: Ask your child to guess which color is made by mixing two colors. Let your child mix the colors to find out if their guess was accurate. Explain what happens when two colors are mixed. It’s a great way to introduce the color wheel.
● Easy Physics: Roll a ball down homemade ramp. Ask your child what they think will happen if you raise or lower the ramp. Test their hypothesis. You can then talk about gravity and angles.
● Mass/Density: Fill up a large bowl with water. Collect various light and heavy objects. Ask your child which objects they think will float and which ones will sink in the water. Test their theory. This gives you an opportunity to talk about mass, density, and weight.
Why Children Should Learn the Scientific Method
The scientific method is merely a means to an end. It’s a vehicle for understanding given phenomena and possibly extracting meaning from it.
We do this in our everyday lives. We ask questions, we experiment with new things, we dig for answers, and we look for validation in several areas of our existence. We do this at work, at home, in social gatherings, or when we are trying to understand events that go around us.
We can teach children to use the scientific method to discover many things about their lives. We can teach them to be bold enough to ask questions, to test things, and to find answers using practical means.
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