Education Minute #9 - Encouraging Science

Today let’s talk about science. Children are naturally curious. My kids ask me a million questions about every imaginable topic as they experience things in the world around them. You can take advantage of that curiosity to teach them about interesting scientific facts and wonders. A science-friendly household is one where children are encouraged to ask questions, think critically, experiment, create, and explain their reasoning to expand their learning.

  • It’s important to know that you don’t need to have answers for all of your child’s questions! Encourage children to develop their own science thinking skills by coming up with theories and testing them to get the right answer.
  • Engage your children in conversation about what they think about a scientific topic, and encourage them to explain why they think that way by asking open-ended questions.
  • If your children say something scientifically incorrect, help them discover for themselves what is correct rather than just giving them the right answer.
  • Do simple experiments at home using things you already have in your house.
  • Model curiosity by wondering out loud: “I wonder what will happen to this carrot top when we put it in water for a few days?”