Why is that tree crooked? Why does the moon come out at night? Why does a bumblebee like these flowers? How does that bridge hold all those cars? Your child is, by nature, a little scientist eager to ask you an endless amount of questions. Sometimes it’s tiring for parents to field all the “why” questions, but just remember- you don’t have to have all the answers. Sharing in their excitement and curiosity is a good start. Make trips to the library and ask for help in locating materials about the subjects that intrigue your kids at the moment. And check out these tips below.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a great resource for families with lots of information, ideas, and tips for helping children grow and thrive. They have wonderful tips to encourage and support science learning.
1. Value your child’s questions.
2. Explore and find the answers together.
3. Give children time and space to explore.
4. Accept that explorations are often messy.
5. Learn from mistakes together.
6. Invite curiosity.
7. Support further exploration.
8. Encourage children to record their observations.
9. Make good use of your electronic devices.
10. Use items you have at home to experiment and explore.