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Nurture that Scientist!

Hispanic father and son hiking on trail in woodsSummer is THE time for nurturing scientists—or at least a love of science strong enough that your child will be able to intelligently weigh in on issues such as global warming, deforestation, healthy food production, or other issues.

So how do you do it? Well, there are always courses at nature centers, day camps, museums and state and national parks, but try this: Go outside with your child and see what is happening. Observe, question, collect. Any of these activities helps your child think like a scientist, with questions such as:

  • Why does this look or work this way?
  • How are these two things different?
  • Why are these two things different?
  • What is happening?
  • Why is it happening?

Preschoolers do these things naturally, although if they’re used to answers coming from books and movies and television, they may need some prompting. Try these great activities from the National Science Teachers Association http://nstacommunities.org/blog/2013/06/28/summertime-science-investigations-and-international-mud-day/ . You just might awaken your own curiosity as well as your child’s!

 Jane Kise, Ed.D. – Educational Advisor and Consultant, 
Jane  writes an insightful post every Tuesday for Kidtelligent. Jane is an educational consultant, specializing in teambuilding, coaching, and school staff development. She is also the coauthor of more than 20 books. Jane’s website  is  www.janekise.com