Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Hello from ECFE. At this time of the year the weather is changing, cold, colder, warmer, with all of this change it would be a great idea to talk to your children about the weather. Better yet about science in general! It can be fun for everyone. When you learn science, you build on what you already know. Children need to start learning early, at home, so that they have a firm base of knowledge to build on when they get to school. As parents, what's important is that we share the knowledge we have with our children. Science is in everyday activities: cooking, washing dishes, and growing plants. So, look around the house and out the windows and you'll see that science is everywhere. Here are some things you can do: Ask your children questions: How do you think the clock works? Why does a bird make a nest and what is the nest made of? How does electricity help us every day? Have children look at what's happening around them and have them tell you or write down what they see.
Have your children make predictions about the weather or how fast a plant will grow or how high a piece of paper will fly with the wind. Have your children then test to see if their hunches are correct.
Remind your child that it may take many tries before you get an answer. Keep trying. Have your children start a collection of shells, rocks or bugs so that they can see similarities and patterns.
Have your child look at how things are different. He or she can look around the neighborhood to see the different animals and plants that live and grow there.
Have your child look at what causes things to change. What happens when a plant doesn't have water or sunlight? Put a container of water outside and see that it freezes overnight. Let it unthaw inside the next day. How does that work? These are just suggestions. By looking at the world around you, you can come up with activities suitable for younger or older children. Have fun with science with your children this week. Maggie Lundorff