You’ll find lots of practical suggestions for parents and other caregivers in the following posts. Information and reflections are offered on understanding, encouraging, and inspiring children, creating engaging learning environments, and connecting with children.
The activities on this blog are built on the assumption that you are monitoring your child’s interests and are prepared to jump in with follow-up questions and ideas for extending exploration. Recent posts on spiders, stinging insects, and pirates assume that your child has shown interest in and is comfortable with talking about, observing, and maybe even touching these animals or considering these things. At the very least, we assume you are not going to launch into these informal [...]
The term “scientific concepts” seems to imply something incredibly sophisticated, technical, and above most of our pay grades. Believe it or not, but infants and young children possess both scientific and mathematical concepts (also called alternative frameworks, preconceptions, and intuitive or naïve theories). Not only do young children have clusters of ideas that they are using to navigate their everyday worlds, but they are actively creating new concepts all the time. These concepts are sets of facts and beliefs [...]
shutterstock_113965345.jpg When I was in graduate school I remember reading something that suggested that if you allowed kids to make up their own rules, the ones they gene...
I love a good discussion. Questions posed, ideas flowing, abundant evidence of problem-solving, all qualities of a rich exchange and for me, there is nothing so life-affirming. Sure, I can sit and think on my own, be focused and satisfied, but there is nothing as fun or stimulating as a group think. With this in mind, if discussing frogs, space aliens, or hurricanes with your child, include another family member in the conversation. Include lots of others in the [...]
Help on the way Hold on, you are thinking, am I supposed to cover all of the steps included in the activities on this blog? Ask all of those questions? Hold my child’s attention for an extended period while doing experiments? The answer is no. The idea is to skim through each activity with the goal being that when the next opportunity arises for you to play with your child you will have some different ideas or strategies to [...]
I regularly read books, articles or blogs describing today’s parents as anxious. Parents are worried about doing the right things for their children, buying the best products, ensuring their kids are engaged in the right activities and worried about keeping them safe. Apparently, parents are overwhelmed by the stress of the demands of the job of parenting, exhausted and confused by all the decisions. Surprisingly, if you are reading what I am reading, no one is having any fun [...]