Early Science Lessons


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My parents and grandfather taught me to cook from a very young age. I remember when I was four years old standing on a little stool and my mother told me not to touch the glowing red heating element on the stove top or I would get burnt. Of course, being the little scientist I had to touch it to experimentally validate her theory. She was right.

At an earlier age I remember standing on the sidewalk in Anchorage, Alaska when I was almost two. My mother said to stay out of the road and on the sidewalk so I wouldn’t get hit by a car. So, of course, I had to test it. First I went and stood on the curb stone, then I put one foot down in the street keeping the other on the curb. I looked at her and she laughed but she fetched me back before I could finish the experiment.

Some people might see this as disobedience but it really was simply testing the boundaries and validity information for myself in order to understand more deeply. This is the essence of science. Question. Next time your child explores the edges encourage their experimentation and exploring. Perhaps they’ll grow up to be a thinker and push the boundaries of human knowledge…

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