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Do my young children need to study science? Get some tips as Michael Farris talks about teaching science to younger children on today's Home School Heartbeat.
Try starting with the first thing scientists use. It's a skill that comes quite naturally to children, and that is observation. Young children notice everything, from the tiny bug to the little freckles on grandma's arm. They are often heard asking, "What's that?"
So take advantage of this natural curiosity and try focusing on the skill of observation in your science studies.
Two homeschooling families I know meet once a week to study nature. They take walks together and let the kids explore. Then, using field guides and other tools, they help the children identify, draw, and talk about what they've seen.
Though textbooks are helpful for introducing concepts and working through science in an orderly manner, actual observation will help bring those facts to life.
Another way to introduce science painlessly is to try to keep a variety of good books on hand. Cuddle up on the couch and read together. Use the library. Biographies of scientists, David Macaulay's wonderful books about how things work, and topical studies on lightning, volcanoes, plants, and animals are all devoured by kids in this age group.
Getting younger kids to see that God's creation is orderly and fascinating should be your main goal at this stage.
I'm Mike Farris.