Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Grandad On Science

Science is what we call our precise knowledge and understanding of the natural world. Youngsters, as they grow, build a less than precise understanding of nature but the strength they have, often lost as they progress through the stages of formal schooling, is a curiosity about almost anything. Bugs included. Attempts to make knowledge and understanding too precise, too early, can dampen curiosity. The ability to observe nature, and not just look at it, is the first and most important skill for them to learn. Hands-on activities provide the best opportunity for kids to directly observe and think about the wonders of nature. The important language of science (and the math formalizations that come later) works best when added to a rich, experiential base.

2 comments:

  1. I am a third grade teacher in Tucson, AZ, and I just found your blog on the AIMS Math and Science webpage. I totally agree with this post. I am responsible for teaching all the third graders at my school science this year. This approach is new for me, as I've taught a self contained classroom for 22 years. I am looking for more hands on ideas to help my students develop their observation skills and increase their curiosity about science and nature. Thank you, Amy

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