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July 18, 2013
By Contributor Jacquie Fisher, KC Edventures
The Junior Ranger programs in our National Parks are a wonderful way to introduce kids to hand-on science opportunities. Science and nature activities are offered to kids and families are more than 200 of our National Parks and Monuments.
We love the Junior Ranger programs and have attended quite a few over the years. Kids as young as 4 years old can get involved in the programs. Activity booklets are available at the park ranger’s stations or online. To become a Junior Ranger, a child just needs to complete the activities listed for their age group. Many Junior Ranger programs can be completed in one or two visits to the park and some activities can be done at home (or in the car if you’re traveling).
Fun activities such as animal observations, nature exploration and ranger workshops are available. If you have a child who is interested in a specific area of science, attending one of the Junior Ranger programs is the perfect way to extend their interest and learning.
June 12, 2013
By Maggy Woodley from Red Ted Art
We do love to have FUN in our house and we love nothing more than a bit of PLAY. The best part about play however, is that you are learning WHILST having fun. But I am sure I am “preaching to the converted.”
A few weeks ago, we decided to put up a little Superhero Zipwire in our garden (I actually thought it may make a great Party Game for our Superhero Party, so we were testing it out).
It was quick and easy to set up and provided a GREAT science learning opportunity for us:
1) We got to talk about GRAVITY
2) We got to talk about FRICTION
My kids are only 5 years old and 3 years old, so of course many science concepts and terms are quite “above their heads,” however, I found that still talking about and introducing concepts is a great way to help them familiarise themselves with what seems tricky and science becomes kind of second nature.
So. Firstly, we set it up our zipwire:
- 2 different pieces of string (we used garden
May 29, 2013
By Jane Goodwin
There have been some awesome sights in the night sky lately – the triangle of Jupiter, Mars, and Venus, for example, and right now, the brightly shining Saturn. Every night sky is full of wonders, and every night sky has many stories to tell.
It is impossible to study the heavens with science alone – we need the stories to explain the whys and wherefores of the objects “up there.”
Yes, I said “stories.” Let’s talk about the planets. We’ll talk about constellations later.
Courtesy NASA.gov – Great interactive resource for learning more about the solar system.
Put yourself in the place of an ancient Roman or Greek, standing outside in every season, gazing up at the night sky, and seeing patterns. Patterns that stay the same, and patterns of movement and color, as well.
The gods of Olympus ruled, during these times, so these ancient skywatchers and philosophers called these objects in the sky after the gods or goddesses that seemed to resemble them in some way.
Mercury was the messenger of
February 20, 2013
By Kim Vij, The Educators’ Spin On It
Do you ever wonder if your child is getting enough Science?
As an educator and parent I have observed over the years that with more and more time focused on Reading, Writing and Math our children are not getting enough time for deeper levels of understanding of in science at school. Children need more opportunities for hands on exploration and time to process the experiments and concepts at their own pace. Are you thinking this is something I can help with at home but where to start? Do you know what concepts your child is supposed to be learning in science at school? It’s easy you can just check the Standards for their Grade Level and support from home. Your local school board website will have a link.
At The Educators’ Spin On It we try our best to insure that our children have the opportunity to explore science with our After School Express Series and our Tot School Series. We share ideas that you can incorporate as a stay at home parents, after school or
January 31, 2013
By Angelique Felix
Young children are always experimenting! If you give your child a cup and a bowl of water, he will fill and pour, push the cup under the surface and watch the water rush in, and investigate why his sleeves get wet when he dips them in.
New theoretical ideas and empirical research show that very young children’s learning and thinking are strikingly similar to learning and thinking in science. (source)
I say that almost all young kids have the fundamental skills of becoming a good scientist!
They are CURIOUS.
They want to DISCOVER new things.
They want to know WHY certain things happen.
Every age contributes in its own way of becoming young alchemists.
Explore & Play
During the Baby age (0 to 1) a child explores & plays with what is suitable for its age (click here to see how babies can play). Babies learn about the world through their senses and use their whole body for that investagation. On the picture you see baby girl explore a homemade babypaint (cornstarch, water, food colors).
Do it yourself & observe
When baby grows up to