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  1. The process of asking and answering questions gives you and your child chances to talk together. Conversation and interaction with you provide many chances for your child to learn. The next time your child asks a question about how something works, you might say, “I’m not sure—let’s find it out.” In this way, you are helping your child use the scientific method and discover something for him or herself. Talk

  2. Fun with Science Sinking and Floating • Today we experimented with Halloween candy to see what would sink and what would float in water. Some things to try at home: • Test a candy to see if it floats in water. If it floats, can you make it sink? If it sinks, can you make it float? • Fill a clear container with a layer of corn syrup, a layer of colored water, and a layer of oil. Gently place a candy on top and see what happens. Predict which candies will float on each layer and then test your predictions to see if you’re right.  Ask  Predict  Try  Observe  Explain 

  3. Singing slows language down and allows children to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words. Understanding that words can be broken into smaller pieces and then put back together helps children sound out words when they are ready to learn to read. Listening to the patterns found in music can also help children identify other types of patterns, which may explain the “Mozart effect” – listening to music improves performance on certain math tasks requiring spatial-temporal reasoning. Sing

  4. Fun with Science iPad Apps • Today we used the Press Here app to explore the scientific method. Try these preschool apps with science content on our department iPads: • Bugs and Buttons: Little Bit Studio, LLC. $2.99. Mini games include mazes, sequencing, sorting - and bugs! • Look and Learn Animals: National Geographic - $2.99. Learn about animals with photos and animal sounds. • Toca Builder: Toca Boca - $2.99. Virtual block play uses creativity, logical thinking, and visual-spatial skills.  Ask  Predict  Try  Observe  Explain 

  5. To become good readers, children need to have general knowledge about many things. Learning about science concepts helps develop this kind of knowledge. This makes it easier for children to understand books and stories when they learn to read. The experience of asking a question and looking for an answer helps children learn new information and vocabulary. It helps them become more independent, and it motivates them to want to learn more. Read

  6. Fun with Science Reading Nonfiction • There is tons of great nonfiction for preschoolers these days. Not sure how to get started? A few tips to keep it fun: • When your child asks a question that you can’t answer, go together to find a book on the topic. • Don’t worry about reading from cover to cover. Use the index or the table of contents to find the parts that interest your child. • Explore the pictures, diagrams, and charts as well as the text. • Invite lots of interruptions. Ask and answer lots of questions.  Ask  Predict  Try  Observe  Explain 

  7. Children love to observe things up close. Allow plenty of opportunities for your child to record some of their observations through drawings and simple writing. Describing what they see is a good way to expand vocabulary. Use your children’s natural curiosity to help them learn new words and increase their knowledge about the world around them. Write

  8. Fun with Science Nature Journals • Today we made a nature journal and explored natural objects with a magnifying glass. Some things to try at home: • Take a nature walk and collect small objects. When you get home, draw pictures of what you found in your journal. You could also attach flat objects directly to your journal or try a crayon rubbing. For extra fun, use a nature guide to identify the things you found. • Take the same walk in different weather. What is the same? What is different? Record your observations in your journal.  Ask  Predict  Try  Observe  Explain 

  9. Children are natural scientists. They have a tremendous curiosity about what goes on around them. They love to explore, ask questions, predict, sort, classify, compare, and contrast. Children learn best when they are having fun. You can find opportunities every day to involve children in science. You do not have to be an expert to do this. Just give your children the chance to ask questions, look for answers, and talk about the experience. Play

  10. Fun with Science Fizzing Colors • Today we played with color as well as acids and bases when we dropped colored vinegar into baking soda. Some things to try at home: • Put drops of color into a Ziploc bag of shaving cream and squish your way to a new color. • Drop different household liquids into baking soda to test their acidity. Want to use up some more candy? Dissolve sour candies in water and use them as one of your liquids! • Did you know purple cabbage juice is a natural acid/base indicator? Fill four test tubes or glasses with cabbage juice. Drop one of these in each tube: water, vinegar, baking soda, bleach. What happens?  Ask  Predict  Try  Observe  Explain 