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.
Opening up the world of electricity – Part 1: Static electricity (coming on the 21st of November)
Opening up the world of magnetism (coming on the 5th of December)
Opening up the world of pressure (coming on the 19th of December)
One more magnet experiment – making a paper clip hover (coming on the 2nd of January 2019)
Blog posts already on ISBEL:
Computers and coding:
Arvind Gupta – toys from trash – Arvind has made hundreds of science toys from stuff usually found around the house
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.