Elementary Science Every Day

Maybe there isn’t a lot of science in your child’s school, or science materials, or time to teach science.

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Looking east at 6:15 p.m. on Martha’s Vineyard (9/17/15).

The solution? Stop and look at the sky. It’s elementary science – on the ground, out the window, or in a car.

Identify clouds by name, as well as colors, shapes, wind direction, and the horizon. Have your child look up what they don’t know.  Play the what-do-you-see-in-the-clouds game to build the imagination.

The western sky, about 35 minutes later.

The western sky, same day, about 35 minutes later.

What time of day is this and how do you know?  What do the colors and shapes tell you?  Where do you see evidence of patterns and why?  If this were a scene in a movie, what do you imagine would be happening?

These are simple but profound concepts.  A lesson on a shoestring?  Not quite. In a brief conversation, you’ve taught a child to use facts, research skills, curiosity, imagination, reasoning, math, and science to explain their world.

That’s how we turn elementary science into nature’s poetry.

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