Naturally curious, young children learn about their world through observation. Children can spend hours playing in the backyard, observing their surroundings, learning every nook and cranny the backyard offers. They probably know your backyard better than you do! Observation is the first step in doing science and a necessity to critical thinking.
As parent-teachers, it’s our job to encourage exploration and observation in our children. So how do we encourage our children to continue exploring and observing while gently guiding them through the basic ideas in science? We give our students notebooks which the students can make their own.
The student notebook is a place where the student can record her observations, questions, pictures, and activities. By keeping a notebook, the student naturally performs one of the most basic acts of doing science – she keeps a record. Days or weeks (even months or years) later, she will love to turn back to these notebooks to reflect on her experiences.
Another Bonus: This notebook can serve as a portfolio to record the student’s learning!
- basic 80 page spiral notebook
- high quality colored pencils
- glue sticks
- other craft supplies to decorate pages
So gather your supplies and head over to this page – How to construct a notebook page – to get started!