All children are born wanting to understand the world around them. Babies learn to push and pull objects, toddlers love to roll and bounce balls, and young children find buoyancy fascinating.
Concepts like gravity are new and experimental to children. They may think they can fly if they jump off the playground, so the sooner they learn science terms and concepts, the better.
But teaching science isn’t just for their safety or pleasure. There is scientific proof that teaching science at young ages is beneficial for childhood development. Here are just a few.
Develops Language Skills and Vocabulary
Vocabulary shouldn’t be limited to those in stories and nursery rhymes. Vocabulary should include all elements of education, such as mathematics and science. These words may seem incomprehensible to young children, but just like other vocabulary words, exposure is key. The more scientific vocabulary a child knows, the better he will do in school and beyond.
Develops Abstract Thinking
Almost as soon as children can talk, they are asking about how the world works. Why is the sky blue or the grass green? Why does a ball drop but a balloon floats? Children can understand the abstract concepts of science better than we give them credit. The more we can teach our children about science, the easier these will seem in school.
Develops Analytical and Problem-Solving Skills
Children can develop analytical and problem-solving skills through simple experiments. These help children experience scientific theories like gravity or cause-and-effect relationships. Children can then apply these scientific concepts to their everyday lives and playtime.
Children are born curious and want to explore. Science is the perfect avenue to learn more about the world around them. Fostering a child’s curious spirit through science will benefit them for the rest of their lives.
How Do I Start?
Hopefully, you are inspired to incorporate science into your daily routine. Some easy ways to include science are:
- Talk about nature as much as you can: the seasons, space, weather, animals, bugs, germs, dinosaurs, or whatever your child is interested in.
- Check out books from the library that are scientifically oriented.
- Take a trip to the zoo and discuss the different species of animals
- Allow lots of unstructured playtime outdoors
- Visit a pond or creek and observe the different plants, bugs, animals, and reptiles
Science Concepts at Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool
At Children’s Academy, we include many science experiments and activities in our curriculum. We also offer plenty of books, puzzles, and pictures of animals, bugs, and reptiles.
It can be hard to include your child’s science skills during a busy day. Thankfully, you can rest assured that your child receives age-appropriate and fun science activities at DAYCARE.
If you’re looking to give your child a head start in school, contact Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool today!