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Science Kids on the Loose

Science Kids on the Loose

Welcome to the Sid the Science Kid Family Blog!

For my family, this summer was full of big changes. My husband Gerry and I recently decided to move the family cross-country from New England to Southern California. My working mom career in educational publishing has morphed into a hybrid of stay-at-home mom who also works when she can. It’s a balancing act. To my sons, Henry (5) and Leo (3), I am Mommy, Mom, or Mumma. Everyone else calls me Trina.
Leo and Henry are wildly curious about everything. Every day that curiosity is translated into touching, tasting, feeling, breaking and rolling. Preschoolers need to try things out to the point of destruction sometimes, and Henry and Leo are no exception. Henry is the spontaneous grabber in the family while Leo examines the chaos that ensues. They make a good team.
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Even when their explorations have led to disaster (A bookcase is not a fireman’s ladder! or Why do you want to know where the plunger is?), I remind myself that this process leads to growth and growth opens windows and windows lead out into a great big world. I try to see the calamitous events as curiosity in motion…a SCIENCE experiment.
Full disclosure here: I am not a scientist. I never liked science in school. I even sweet-talked my way out of dissecting a frog in the 9th grade. I thought science was only about that table with the numbers and symbols, crazy formulas that made up gas, and math. I was a smart kid who thought that science didn’t matter.
Irony has a way of tracking us down. In my case it is in the form of Henry and Leo. I am a mom to young scientists who are always researching with their words and actions! Science is in my house all day. Science is animals, weather, nutrition, electricity, and space explorations. Science is comparing, contrasting, observing, recording, and asking. My boys are thinking about science most of the time – like all of their peers, they do it naturally. It turns out that I happen to like it. Preschoolers are scientists and you might as well roll up your sleeves, get dirty, and play along!
Sid the Science Kid provides an amazing outlet for my two eager boys. Sid touches things. Sid tastes things. Sid uses tools and models experiments. Sid asks lots and lots of questions. Sid discovers answers with the help of kids and adults in his life. Sid is a kindred soul for Henry and Leo. And he can carry a tune! There is the possibility of discovery on the screen every day.
And that’s where this blog begins. Henry, Leo, and I will be following Sid’s lead and seeing what we can learn by trying out the activities on this web site. From replicating Sid’s experiments to creating our own hypothesis to test, I’ll tell you how things go, if it worked, what interested my kids, and what windows opened up for us as a result. I hope you’ll join me in talking about your own journey with your young scientists. I am looking forward to beginning a conversation with other “Sid Parents” out there.


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