Lite 98, 10.9.13
Liz Pearce, Director of Parent Engagement
Children’s Museum of Richmond
Dr. Nancy Carlsson-Paige, author of “Taking Back Childhood: A Proven Roadmap for Raising Confident, Creative, Compassionate Kids” is worried. “Today’s cultural pressures on children – media saturation, materialism, test-driven schools, and the fast pace of life – threaten to undermine some of the basic building blocks of healthy development. But we adults can navigate these difficult waters when we understand what it is children need and how we can best help them in these rapidly changing times.” – Nancy Carlsson-Paige
Curious about how children learn through play? When children start asking questions about how airplanes fly, or how telescopes work, sometimes we can start to feel intimidated, and that we should have all the answers. The pros over at the U.S. Department of Education said it best, “What’s far more important than being able to give a technical explanation of how a telescope works is your willingness to nurture your child’s natural curiosity by taking the time to observe and learn together.” That builds critical thinking skills!
In reality, little children are engaging in science experiments all the time – even soon after they are born. They observe, they investigate, they test theories – and that’s just opening and closing their tiny hands on a rattle!Critical thinking is the process of analyzing information with our mind, as opposed to memorizing facts.As parents, we can nurture curiosity, and show our children a real love for science, even if we don’t have all the answers.
Ideas for young scientists that can be done at the museum or at home!
When you stop to think about it, science is all around us, every day. Remember, if you don’t know the answer to your child’s question, look it up together. That’s scientific, too!
Helping Your Child Learn Science http://www2.ed.gov/parents/academic/help/science/science.pdf
Exploring Science with Children http://www.pbs.org/parents/exploringscience/
National Science Teachers Association http://www.familyscience.org/pdfs/PositionStatement_ParentInvolvement.pdf
Dr. Carlsson-Paige is coming to Richmond on October 18th for a lunch and learn presentation. Tickets are just $10, and the seminar will be held at the Children’s Museum of Richmond. Visitwww.c-mor.org/Lunch-and-Learn for more information!