Fall and winter weather brings great opportunities to explore nature with your family. Children can explore and learn more about the world around them. Extend play time by bringing leaves, snow, or ice inside! At Dr. Day Care, we believe in playing outside EVERY day. There are so many benefits to allowing children to explore the natural world around them. From the NAEYC article, Connecting Young Children With Nature, “Nature instills in everyone a sense of beauty and calmness. It exposes us to things that are alive and growing and promotes curiosity and exploration.” What … [Read more...]
Science isn’t scary!
Children are scientists from the moment they are born, using their senses to observe and gain knowledge about the world around them. - RIELDS Many adults feel that they aren't "good at" science or that it is "too hard." Not true! Children are naturally curious about the world. Anyone who has spent time with a young child has heard the question "Why? Why? Why?" Help foster that curiosity by turning them into scientists. Let children experiment and find out "what happens if...?" Give them room to explore and find the answers. Ask silly questions and do an investigation to find out … [Read more...]
Exploring nature together
Winter weather brings great opportunities to explore nature with your family. Children can explore and learn more about the world around them. Extend play time by bringing snow and ice inside! Read tips for parents from the RIELDS Fun Family Cards: Encourage your child to explore and think about things that are living, non-living, man-made or naturally occurring materials. What are your favorite things to do in nature? Do you have a favorite season because of the weather? Think about ways you can share your interests with your child. BABIES Infants are very observant … [Read more...]