These are very common questions asked by parents of very typically developing children.
|"Your child builds science knowledge and understanding through firsthand, direct experiences with real objects that allow her to learn and discover. At the preschool level, children should learn to observe the world around them, gather information, ask questions, experiment and evaluate results. You can provide safe, interesting materials and allow your child to make mistakes and get messy. The learning process is more important than the result." DESE |
Now let's revisit our questions from concerned parents.
Q: Why does my child always ask 'Why'?
A: Did you know that a 3 year old's brain is twice as active as an adult's brain? Couple that with your child's natural curiosity about the world and you have a very inquisitive youngster. Ever since your baby began dropping toys, only to have you continually pick them up for her, she has been exploring the concepts of cause and effect. Now that her verbal skills are becoming increasingly more intricate, these explorations with cause and effect are translated into 'Why'? She truly is searching for answers and explanations to the world around her, making connections and looking to you for answers. So how do you respond to those incessant 'whys'?
Q: Why does my child hoard sticks, rocks and other things that are found outdoors?
A: Children at this age are curious about the world around them. This curiosity often leads to careful exploration. Deep in exploration is where treasures are found. Aren't treasures meant to be collected? We want to encourage children to explore the physical properties of their treasures. Physical properties are those qualities that can be seen, felt, heard, smelled or tasted. When children explore, they use all their senses to observe and learn about the world.
Q: Is there a limit to how much 'screen time' my child should have?
A: With the ever increasing development of electronic mobile devices, much debate surrounds this very question. Some hold strong to advising parents that the less screen time the better and others argue that new innovations in the area of technology are proving to be very beneficial to children. While the research is out, we are still pondering this question ourselves. We would however, encourage parents to ask this question when it involves screen time. Is my child's screen time 'active' or 'passive'? Active screen time would involve your child interacting in some way, exploring cause and effect, or possibly even creating. Passive screen time is simply the opposite, a child not engaged, not interacting, simply taking in media. I would venture to say that in the near future, we will see staggering differences in data regarding the effectiveness of 'screen time' if disaggregated into 'active' vs. 'passive'.