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Kinetic Energy

The concepts of potential and kinetic energy are two well studied concepts in physics. Children, often learn about them in elementary school grades. However, transforming these abstract concepts into concrete ideas can be challenging. So, I thought I would take an engineering activity that children love to do and combine it with science. I amContinue reading “Kinetic Energy”

Swinging Blocks

A traditional experiment physicists study is pendulums. It is a cool experiment for children to semi-replicate at home. This experiment promotes connections to every day life-playground time. So, our question for this activity is: Is it faster to swing by myself or with my friend?  Use these simple materials to answer the question.  shoelace rulerContinue reading “Swinging Blocks”

Obstructing or Hiding Science? A book that puts forward complexity

I love a good picture book that brings forward a complex topic! The author John Light and illustrator Lisa Evans did an amazing job depicting science as a taboo concept in their book The Flower (2006).

What to Teach in Second Grade

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) NGSS has positively shifted the way we think about science teaching. Our science standards are now more comprehensive, coherent, and integrated across science disciplines. However, these changes present challenges in terms of time constraints. Oh wait, which teacher or homeschooler doesn’t have time constraints? If you are not familiar withContinue reading “What to Teach in Second Grade”

Science and Graphic Organizers

Graphic organizers have been in the world of education for a long time. If you google for example, the keyword ‘graphic organizer’ about 174,000,000 entries pop-up. Wow, what an overload! However, if you are a little more specific and use the keywords ‘science graphic organizer’ the number is reduced to approximately 38,900,000 results. Goodness, stillContinue reading “Science and Graphic Organizers”

Engineering in the Montessori Classroom

The engineering design process is an important element to include in the classroom, whether a Montessori environment or a traditional classroom. When guiding children to be part of the process we should consider the following elements as important: there’s a problem and there is access to attempt to solve the problem. In other words, childrenContinue reading “Engineering in the Montessori Classroom”