Kids are born scientists. From the very start, as they explore the world using their senses, they are diving into cause and effect. What happens if I suck on Mommy’s finger? Why is dinner so squishy tonight? If I smile at Grandpa, will he smile back?
They are curious about the world, and use their eyes, ears, mouths, noses, and hands to check out everything in their environments. Piaget, a child developmentalist, referred to this as sensorimotor development. Children learn about the world by the interaction between their senses and the physical actions they perform (kind of why a child will fling mashed potatoes on the floor multiple times – they are using their eyes and hands together to explore their environment).
As they grow older and become more experienced, their natural curiosity will begin to be shaped by what their caregivers either encourage or prevent. For example, if you are afraid of bugs and scream every time you see one, your child might lose their natural inquisitiveness regarding insects. On the other hand, the child who is encouraged to look at and engage with nature might find ladybugs, fireflies, and other creepy-crawlies fascinating.
This translates to other aspects in the world, too. Interest in bugs can lead to wanting to be outside, which can in turn encourage fresh air and exercise, leading to good sleep and a child who wakes up ready and eager to learn some more.
At World of Enrichment, we offer science classes designed to tap into this natural enthusiasm for exploring the world. In Science 4 Kids, children are introduced to simple biology, earth and physical science while increasing science skills such as:
Kids can engage their senses as they learn about their environment in fun and interesting ways. We even offer prorated tuition if you missed the start of class. Encouraging exploration in science is probably one of the best gifts you could give your child, and we make it exciting and engaging.
In the meantime, if you are itching to get started at home, check out these easy experiments to get those creative wheels turning.