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Thursday, 13 September 2012 11:36

asking why

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Children’s math knowledge is a strong predictor of later learning.

Science and math interactions teach children new words in meaningful ways—Improve communication and math skills

Play helps children develop math and science abilities, as well as investigative and problem solving abilities

Nature play also develops children’s curiosity, learning , self-expression, and focus

Asking WHY??? Young children often ask the question “why”?—They are naturally curious about their world and want to learn about the world around them--   So we want to encourage their questions and give them an engaged answer that allows the child to discover the answer  ( It is ok to say that you are not sure—that can create a learning experience for both of you)

Also want to ask the child questions—Infant: toy with various sounds and feature—“I wonder what will happen next”?

On a walk with a toddler- ask questions about what they see : is the leaf on the ground different than the leaf on the tree”?

Preschool—suggest ways to look for answers—I wonder about the stars at night too—Let’s find out—( then use nature books, observe the night sky, look for patterns in the sky. )

Use the language of science and math with children Infants—big, small toy car, big red ball

Toddler “ in 5 minutes it will be time for bed

Size words like over, under, above, on  “ Let’s put the shirt over your head”

Preschool- ask question with numbers – Are we second or third in line?”