Living things outside can be easily observed, the size of a tree, colors in a garden, noises from animals. These observations also change with the season or even the time of day. The outdoors is filled with wonderful learning opportunity for little scientists. They may ask questions, including how do seeds grow into plants? Instead of telling them the answer, you can say "let's find out!"
Reading with your children is a wonderful way to bond and even learn about science! Try out stories that relate to different living things that you can explore with your child to help make connections. When you read books about what your child will be exploring, you begin to build background knowledge of what he or she already knows and what other questions can be explored.
Being a part of the National Air and Space Museum, Science in Pre-K predominantly explores physical science concepts as a way to introduce inquiry science learning to young children. But life science concepts are also rich with opportunities for exploration and discovery for young children as well. In the summer time especially, there are many living things that children can observe! So, we start off our Science Summer Toolbox with exploring the needs of living things.
At our most recent Science in Pre-K training session we played with a new material…polymer water beads!
Cuantas veces has escuchado de los niños, adultos, o quizás Ud. mismo decir "La ciencia es aburrida" o "La ciencia es muy difícil". Pero no tiene que ser!
Si verdaderamente pensamos en este concepto, usamos la ciencia en cada aspecto de nuestra vida todos los días – cómo que es aburrida?
La ciencia es parte de tantas cosas que hacemos, desde amanecer con el despertador hasta apagar la luz al dormir. Tener esta conciencia nos ayuda como padres a apoyar esa curiosidad en nuestros hijos, además de experimentar y la predicción.
How many times have you heard from children, adults, or even yourself saying, “Science is boring” or “Science is hard!” But it doesn’t have to be, does it?
When you think about it, don’t we use science everyday; how boring is that?
We use science everyday to support so many things that we do. From the start of the day with a snooze of the alarm clock to the switch of the light to go to sleep – we are using science.
Being aware of science in our lives can support much more than experimenting and predicting.
Children experience the world in all different ways. While some will not think twice about getting soaked during water exploration, another child may become overwhelmed by a drop of water on his hand or spilled spilling on his shirt. April has been coined “Autism Awareness Month”, as a reminder to support and celebrate children (and adults) who have a heightened experience of the world, whether they are on the Autism spectrum, have sensory processing disorder, or general anxiety.
The National Air and Space Museum will be hosting it’s annual Kites of Asia Heritage Family Day on Saturday, March 19 from 10:00am-3:00pm. Bring your young children to the museum for a day of viewing beautiful kites fly inside the museum, Flights of Fancy Story Time, Indian Kite Stories and Dress-Up and hands-on stations for making kites. Check out the events of the day that work with your schedule.
"Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!" Yes, it's Science with Superheroes!
On Sunday, September 27, a total lunar eclipse will coincide with a Super Moon. What does this mean? The moon will be at its closest point in its orbit around the Earth, which makes the moon appear bigger. At the same time, we will experience a Lunar Eclipse. A Lunar Eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are aligned, causing the Moon to pass through the Earth’s shadow. All of this will be visible throughout much of the world on Sunday evening into early Monday morning.