So how does our household do to encourage and support our children’s natural curiosities about the world?
Making Opportunities for STEM Everyday with Kids
- READ! We check out a variety of non-fiction text as well as experiment books and historical biographies as well. I try to read a little bit of harder text every day with the kids and now that my 7 year old is an advanced reader, she enjoys reading to her little brothers as well. This week, we read about Marie Curie and discussed the discovery of Radium, what the Nobel Prize is and how Chemistry and Physics are different areas of science.
- Observe: We try to spend time observing the world around us. Most of this occurs on our outdoor adventures, gardening experiences, and local field trips. Sometimes, we use a journal to record these observations.
- Experiment. We try to do a combination of short one time experiments, such as testing the nutrient levels in our soil and extended time experiments such as observing the differences in growth patterns of plants with different amounts of sunlight over a 2 month time period.
- Participate in a Citizen Scientist Project: I think one of the BIGGEST reasons why our kids are so excited about science is our participation in citizen scientist projects. One that we are passionate about is Monarch Health.
Project Monarch Health
This participation in the citizen scientist project has made science REAL for my kids. There research has purpose and they have formed their own hypotheses on the parasite. Not only that, but I’d like to think that they see things a different way.
- What we do as individuals can make a difference.
- Small things in the world can have a big impact.
- Science plays an important role in our world. And,
- Kids can make a difference as scientists!