Informal Science

Informal science for children that have yet to enter school?

Hello, What are some good activities to start introducing and teaching science to children that have yet to enter school? Things that can be done at home, in a place or with materials that are accessible. If they are things that can keep an active toddler intrigued all the better. Are there any recommendations, whether they are from experience or in theory, anyone has?

Pamela Garza
Pamela Garza
160 Activity Points

Hello.....maybe try using story books about some science and parents too can read it with them.

I came across with this http://www.nsta.org/publications/press/nstakids.aspx.

Joselyn Hermoso
Joselyn Hermoso
775 Activity Points

You might be interested in this article from the Science and Children NSTA publication. I love to create a list of things to look for like a scavenger hunt. If the children are pre-readers, you can always use pictures or icons for them to check off. 

http://common.nsta.org/resource/default.aspx?id=10.2505%2f4%2fsc14_051_09_54

 

 

Pamela Dupre
Pamela Dupre
85999 Activity Points

GM,

 

Field trips, museums, the zoo and learning stations to explore are  all great ways to heighten the curiosity for early learners.

Toneka Bussey
Toneka Bussey
958 Activity Points

Great question! I tell my students that they began learning everything we are studying in physical science in kindergarten. Some goals for pre-schoolers could include developing and maintaining their curiosity about the world around them, helping them enjoy scientific activity and helping them begin to understand how to explain natural phenomena. Teaching through exploration and play is key... but don't forget to teach a little about safety! The science process skills of observation, measurement and experimentation can help you think of fun explorations with the everyday materials and science content that students are interested in. I use water, oil, sand, plants, small animals, clay, magnets and toys for science lessons. Sesame Street has some cute segments on observation. Little children love to observe by looking carefully (sometimes with a magnifying glass), listening, touching, smelling and even tasting. What kinds of questions do they have about what they have observed using their senses? Can they experiment to find answers? What do they predict will happen when they experiment?

Susan Farmer
Susan Farmer
1420 Activity Points

Your post was very helpful!  I agreee that activitating the students' natural curiosity through the five senses will enable them to learn about the world around them at an early age.

Toneka Bussey
Toneka Bussey
958 Activity Points

Hello,

As a private tutor, I come across lots of parents that want to incorporate science lessons at home with their kids that have yet to start school yet. Many of the parents I work with tend to shy away from teaching science to their children because they do not feel confident in the content area all together. However the earlier we introduce our kiddos to the beauty of science, the quicker we may develop a love for science. This article does a great and simple job of explaining how to teach science to younger children.
https://learning-center.homesciencetools.com/article/tips-fo...e-at-home/

Start by introducing your student to science vocabulary, hands on science exploration, trips to museums and family field trips, experiments with household items and animated videos that keep students engaged. Have discussions with your child about the importance of understanding and experimenting with science concepts. Introduce your students to different cycles with hands on activities. Take your students outside to explore and come up with conclusions on their own and then discuss those topics with facts. I hope this helps!

Asmara Mengisteab
Asmara Mengisteab
415 Activity Points

This article was a great read and very helpful!

Toneka Bussey
Toneka Bussey
958 Activity Points

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