A co-worker once told me a story about three children in his neighborhood playing with a venomous coral snake in a garage. The children were unsupervised, and were picking up the snake and shaking it. One child was poking it with a stick.
Project-based learning, or learning activities that take place over extended periods of time, have generally been associated with middle school and high school courses. For instance, many high school science classes’ genetic units involve students breeding fruit flies for certain traits.
Here are four more easy experiments to try with your older early learner!
While many learning centers and classrooms focus on visual environments like decorations and displays, some other learning centers have increasingly focused on creating hearing, or auditory engagement in their classrooms as well.
Has your child ever come home from their early learning center with the dreaded “child care center crud”?
Whew! There are some complicated science crafts out there! I quizzed my friends, co-workers, and relatives for the best and easiest science-related crafts that they do with their early learners.
In my work with early learners to college students, I consistently find a knowledge gap with students—money. Although students in pre-kindergarten (and even some three-year-olds!) and older can identify pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters, many struggle with the concept of money in the abstract.
Does your child know what to do in different emergency situations? Each family plan for each situation is different, but whatever plan you choose, make sure both you and your child know it by heart. See below for four examples of emergency situations that your early learner should be prepared for.
In a world of almost constant supervision, protected playgrounds, and “be carefuls,” many children are developing what psychologists call “risk aversion.” Risk aversion is the avoidance of actions or opportunities that have the chance to create negative consequences.
In a world of ever-increased standardized testing, several early education professionals have come forward in favor of “outdoor-ification.” In other words, they believe that the indoor classroom limits the creativity and learning of students, particularly early learners. See below for six positive reasons to bring early learners outdoors!