Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Living and Learning Science Spaces
My husband and I spent several years living and teaching science aboard tall ships before we started our family. Sailing is a rich living science experiment and we both took a love and wonder of the natural world away from our years at sea. Needless to say, we feel a great affinity to exposing our children to science. The world around us is the perfect introduction to science, and creating a sense of wonder in the natural world is one of the most important gifts we can give our children. While I am amazed at the amount of facts my children remember about the things we discover, I try not to stress the factual information and focus more on the experimentation and questions that come naturally to little ones. There is plenty of time to learn the facts.
To support the natural discovery that occurs outside, we created a science area in our home to collect treasures, create a little science library, experiment and explore. The center has two little people sized chairs and is right down with the fish tank and some plants, which they help care for. On the table I keep a themed science basket that I try to rotate to keep interesting. The current basket is our bird watching basket, but I'm planning a compass and magnets basket and some other science based discovery baskets.
One of my favorite resources for outdoor nature discovery is the Handbook of Nature Study and the Outdoor Hour challenges found there. For another look at my never ending attempt to create an environment full of living and learning spaces in my home, check out these other posts:
Living and Learning Art Spaces
Living and Learning Music Spaces
Living and Learning Reading Spaces
Living and Learning Writing Spaces
Or check out my favorite pins on Pinterest. Please feel free to share any spaces you create in your home by linking in the comments.