Education on the whole is said to prepare the child for life, right?
At least in the Montessori setting we are all aware that this is the goal.
Our society would want us to take on technology as we educate the child! This is all good, except that you must ensure that we start from the bottom up.
We must not look at this theoretically but in a practical way so we can truely educate the child in an organic way. This means to get to technology we must start with science.
The classroom can aid teaching a child science if it is run intentionally.
The classroom lends its self to teaching science when it encourages exploration and discovery.
Children between 0 to 6 years learn through their senses.
We as educators and parents should endeavor to use this to our advantage.
Your classroom or family can be set up so that the environment can lend itself to the study of science in a wonderful way.
We can do this by:
1. Preparing ourselves with knowledge, not by getting a degree in science, but refreshing our memory in some cases and expanding it where needed.
2. Enable exploration and inquiry so that you can have conversations with the child and answer their questions. If need be find the answers together. You do not need to know everything.
3. Then you can simply guide them to the next line of inquiry.
Let’s take this home and make it practical.
Start with Nature, Life Sciences, Biology, Botany and Zoology.
Open the eyes of the child to the world and watch them love the earth and nature.
Nurture this love and you will experience an inner joy and deep fulfillment as you watch your child bloom.
Since the children learn with their senses they must start their exploration of the natural world this same way.
In other words, the children must have authentic experiences of the natural world.
How do we achieve this?
1. Outdoor explorations
2. Examining Specimens (with a magnifying lens or microscope.)
4. Classifying plants and animals.
5. Caring for pets
6. Going for nature walks
7. Interacting with and visiting animals
8. Studying and labeling plants
9. Learning outdoors, taking learning outdoors and connecting indoor and outdoor learning.
It can become real fun. This is just the beginning.