journal throughout the childhood and teen
Your goal with introducing science to
your preschooler is to encourage curiosity, experimentation, and exploration.
Exploring science with your preschooler
introduces them to higher level learning
concepts and helps them develop problem-solving skills that will be useful as they get
older. Your preschooler is inquisitive and
open-minded, and working through experiments together allows them to process
this information while developing scientific
Deborah Schneider Jensen, author of
Monday Memo: Creating Change in Early Childhood Education, One Message at a Time,
states, “Children learn through their hands
and their hearts before their minds.” Encourage, but don’t force, scientific exploration.
To get you started on your path of science, use this list as a jumping-off point!
• Use Pinterest and Google to search for
Preschool Science Centers. You can have
a dedicated science area in your home/
school. It’s easy to combine science with
• Document your child’s learning through
photos, videos, and journaling.
• Check out Reggio Emilia inspired learning for ideas on becoming a partner
with your child in their education. Their
principles state that: children must have
some control over the direction of their
learning; children must be able to learn
through the experiences of touching,
moving, listening, and observing; children must have a relationship with others and the world that they can explore;
and children must have endless ways and
opportunities to express themselves.
• Use a nature journal to record what you
see around you. Explore Charlotte Mason’s ideas on journals. Ms. Mason believed that children must be outside daily; must look, listen, and touch; and must
question what they see (paraphrased
from Volume 1, page 264).
• Visit the library to borrow books on topics that your child is interested in and
spend time diving into that topic. (Some
libraries even have excellent video/DVD
lending areas, and there are some wonderful videos available.)
• Watch documentaries relating to what
your child is interested in and discuss
what you see and learn.
Become a partner with your preschooler
and explore our wonderful world together.
Doing this will prepare your child well for
the higher-level science they will encounter
in elementary, middle, and high school.
Tina Rice is a veteran homeschooler of 22
years. Three of her four children graduated
homeschool, and her baby is a sophomore.
Tina is the owner of Tina’s Tie Dye (www.Tinas
TieDye.com) and the author of Exploring
Color and Science with Tie Dye—a fun tie-dye-based science unit study. She and her husband Tim run a small publishing company.
Tina and Tim use an eclectic mix of Classical
and relaxed educational materials. You can
reach her at www.facebook.com/tinastiedye.
Your goal with introducing science to your preschooler is to
encourage curiosity, experimentation, and exploration.