Do you have 5 minutes? Select from the following a topic your child has shown interest in. Here are ideas for starting conversations, extending purposeful play, capitalizing on curiosity, and having fun in day-to-day interactions. Don’t try everything in these lists at once. Follow your child’s lead, building on that inquisitiveness incrementally, revisiting a topic with new suggestions for an observation, a comparison, measurement, or experiment. Repetition and practice promote learning. These ideas should help you to stay one-step-ahead in helping to grow wonder and understanding. For more information, please also read the “What is Guiding Curiosity” page, or the our book for sale titled “Guiding Curiosity: Nurturing the Young Scientist.” We hope you enjoy sharing these activities with your child.
For many folks around the country, it is spring, which means mud season. If you have young children in your home you are are probably dreading the extra cleaning that comes with the season. Coping with muddy shoes, pant hems, and fingers may be in your future. You may even find mud in ears and belly buttons. If you are surrounded by mud, then there is either melting snow nearby or it has rained recently. For those of you [...]