Opening worlds

Children are curious creatures, who are constantly learning about the world. As they listen, play and explore, their minds are continuously figuring out how the world works and what is relevant. By exposing ones own kids to different experiences, explaining things through play, exploration and crafts, it is possible to open up worlds like math, science, engineering, computers, and languages to very young children.

Traditionally this has often been seen as the job of the school system. However, by the time kids are old enough to go to school, much of their mindset and view of the world is already fairly set. This, then, is the job of the parent, who, unlike schools, can focus on the “why” of things and offer a personalised approach quite impossible for the school. On this page I will collect those blog posts I write and sources I come across about this topic as I research it, and experiments and games I play with my daughters.

Upcoming posts:

Opening up the world of solar power (coming on the 15th of August)

Between liquids and solids – the magic mud (coming on the 29th of August)

Colouring flowers – opening up the world of capillary action (coming on the 12th of September)

Opening up the world of decay and rot (coming on the 26th of September)

Opening up the world of multiplication with cups and beads (coming on the 10th of October)

Counting above 10 and higher (coming on the 24th of October)

More experiments on light (coming on the 7th of November)

Blog posts already on ISBEL:

Languages:

Opening up the world of languages to a child

8 more ways of opening up the world of letters and words

10 ways to open up the world of letters and words and books

Math:

Opening up the world of math to a young child

Opening up the world of fractions

Physics and chemistry:

Opening up the world of atoms

Opening up the world of chemistry with red cabbage

Opening up the world of friction

Opening up the world of air

Opening up the solar system to a child

Opening up the world of light

Opening up the world of gravity and air resistance

Opening up the world of the states of matter – solids

Growing crystals – kitchen chemistry

Opening up the world of the states of matter – liquids – part 1

Opening up the world of liquids – part 2

Opening up the world of states of matter – gases

Opening up the transformation from solid to liquid and back

Opening up transformation between liquids and gases

Biology:

10 ways to open up the world of growing things

Computers and coding:

Opening up the world of coding

 

 

Resources:

Arvind Gupta – toys from trash – Arvind has made hundreds of science toys from stuff usually found around the house

How stuff works

Phet simulations on math, physics, chemistry and earth science

Homesciencetools.com – a shop for science tools. I haven’t ordered from them, but their learning center is filled with all kinds of cool projects to try

SP-electroniikka – a Finnish site to shop for electronic components, such as led-lights, magnets etc. Really fast at shipping my order.

Wikipedia – while I would check the info from other sources as well, wikipedia is an excellent place to start from

Youtube – has a plethora of scientific tests one can try out. Needs adult supervision though as all is not what it seems

Physics4Kids – A good site for clear explanations about physical phenomena

Chem4Kids – A good site for clear explanations about chemical phenomena

The Physics Classroom – Another good site for clear explanations about physical phenomena

The magic school bus – a cartoon that focuses on scientific concepts like atoms, magnetism, ocean etc. in a captivating and interesting manner.