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Science Kids on the Loose

Science Kids on the Loose

At the End of the Day

Sid the Science Kid starts his day off with a question he wants to explore. He talks to his family, brings his ideas to school, and investigates with his teacher and friends. At bedtime Sid puts his pajamas on, gathers all that he has learned, and comes up with an “Ooper Schmooper BIG IDEA.” At the end of the day, Sid lets his imagination free to engineer solutions and feed his curiosity.

Every child should have a day like that.

As a parent, this is my dream for Henry and Leo. I want them to ask questions every day and take the answers to unexpected and delightful places. That is what the folks and Henson and Sid the Science Kid have given to my family. Sid reminded me that the essence of learning is asking a question about anything and looking for the answer with your family, with your friends, at school, and in the community.

Sid the Science Kid changed my learning expectations for my children and for myself. Before watching the show and starting this blog I would never have attempted to teach my boys physics, engineering, estimation, biology, or anything STEM related. Those things were outside my comfort zone and I was going to rely on school to take care of it. Now, because of this experience, I feel empowered to build the foundations Henry and Leo need to be engaged learners as they head into elementary school and beyond. I always knew I wanted the boys to be good students, but now I know for sure that I can make a tangible impact on the results.

We learn together as a family. Learning doesn’t have to be confined to what their school or state curriculum dictates. It seems obvious, I know, but taking on that responsibility can be overwhelming. Sid has made it easier for me by providing a framework for learning. I take advantage of learning opportunities in our everyday lives. Investigations happen in the kitchen, at the beach, at an amusement park, in the backyard, and on the baseball field. We look up, around, down, and all around as we step out in the world. Best of all, Henry, Leo, and I make each other laugh.

Yesterday, Leo came up to me while I was working on the computer. He asked: “Mom, why do owls have turn their head all the way around instead of just moving their eyes?”

Leo caught me off guard. I was totally involved in my work and his sweet question distracted me. For a split second, I thought about sending him away and getting back to work. But I didn’t want to miss the opportunity. So we quickly looked up some information about owls on the Internet. We didn’t find the answer exactly, but we opened up a conversation. Now my head is brimming with ideas about how we can learn more about owls, research owls at the library, see owls in person, and make something owl related. It only took a moment, a simple question from Leo and we are off on an investigation.

Almost every week for the past two years I have conducted Sid the Science Kid investigations with Henry and Leo on this blog. It is a gift of priceless value to me. How many parents have the chance to chronicle their children’s live in this way? I did, and I am so very grateful to the creators at Sid the Science Kid. Even though this blog has run its course, I still plan on following Sid on all of his new adventures. Henry, Leo and I will continue to watch what Sid and his friends are up to. Leo will always love playing Sid games on the website. As a parent, I will always turn to the Parents page on the Sid website as a resource and for inspiration.

If you want to check in on what Henry, Leo, and I are up to, find us at my blog, Growing Curious Kids at www.growingcuriouskids.com.

Remember to be purposeful in your investigations, stuff your days with rich language full of academic content, laugh, and let your children lead you. We all have a lot to learn. Thanks Sid!

Trina


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Jim Hensen Corporation logo CPB ViNCi MetLife The Rosehills Foundation S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation logo The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations logo
 

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