How Science Benefits Young Children

Children are born ready to understand the world around them. As they grow, they become more and more capable of pushing and pulling objects, rolling and bouncing balls, and asking questions. 

While children can learn many scientific concepts on their own (like gravity and buoyancy), adults can aid in satisfying and growing their curiosity. Further, there is proof that teaching science at young ages is beneficial for childhood development. Here are just a few.

Learning Science Develops Language Skills and Vocabulary

While many adults think of expanding a child’s vocabulary through stories and nursery rhymes, vocabulary shouldn’t be limited to these. New vocabulary words should include all elements of education, such as mathematics and science. These words may seem too hard for young children, but just like other vocabulary words, exposure is key. The more scientific vocabulary a child knows, the better he will do in school and beyond.

Learning Science Develops Abstract Thinking

Almost as soon as children can talk, they are asking about how the world works. Why is the sky blue or the grass green? Why does a ball drop but a balloon floats? Children can understand the abstract concepts of science better than we give them credit. The more we can teach our children about science, the easier these will seem in school. 

Learning Science Develops Analytical and Problem-Solving Skills

Children develop problem-solving neurons through simple experiments. These help children understand scientific theories like gravity or cause-and-effect relationships. Children can then apply these scientific concepts to their everyday lives and playtime. 

Learning Science Develops Curiosity

Children are born curious and want to explore. Science is the perfect avenue to learn more about the world around them. Fostering a child’s curious spirit through science will benefit them for the rest of their lives. 

How Do I Include Science in My Child’s Day?

Hopefully, you are inspired to incorporate science into your daily routine. Some easy ways to include science are:

  • Talk about nature as much as you can: the seasons, space, weather, animals, bugs, germs, dinosaurs, or kid, soap bubbles, girl, play  whatever your child is interested in.
  • Check out books from the library that are scientifically oriented.
  • Take a trip to the zoo and discuss the different species of animals
  • Allow lots of unstructured playtime outdoors 
  • Visit a pond or creek and observe the different plants, bugs, animals, and reptiles

Science Concepts at Penguin Crossing Academy

At Penguin Crossing Academy, we include many science experiments and activities in our curriculum. We also offer plenty of books, puzzles, and pictures of animals, bugs, and reptiles. 

It can be hard to include your child’s science skills during a busy day. Thankfully, you can rest assured that your child receives age-appropriate and fun science activities at Penguin Crossing Academy.

Penguin Crossing Academy is proud to offer an outstanding curriculum that is educational, fun, and prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.

If you’re looking to give your child a head start in school, contact Penguin Crossing Academy today!

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