Jay Eitner believes that science should be an integral part of every child’s education. Even if they don’t want to be the next Marie Curie, science is vital to life as it is everywhere and impacts everything. This is why he is committed to improving the New Jersey education system so that it has a better foundation in science.
Introducing Science Education According to Jay Eitner
Eitner believes that one of the key issues is that people have started to see science as something incredibly complicated. As a result, they also think that only those who show a real interest in it, should be taught it. However, Eitner feels this is the wrong approach and that, since sciences affects everything around us, we should all learn about it.
Toys to Teach Children
Children can start learning about science immediately and the sooner the better. Play and repetition is the best way for children to learn. There are lots of amazing science toys that children at preschool level can use. In fact, even babies understand the key scientific principle of cause and effect: they cry and the parent responds. Soon, they start to play with architect blocks to learn about stacking, balance, shapes, and gravity. Crawl mats allow children to experience different sensations and more.
Learning through play is the best learning methods, which is why parents and educators alike should consider toys that have a scientific background. Children also have a lot of imagination, as that is how they start to understand the world around them. Games such as patty cake, the telephone game, and don’t spill the beans all have a scientific element included in them. Teachers simply need to point those out.
Block N Roll is another really good example, whereby children use different construction blocks to create a world of possibilities. They can create a tower that is taller than them, or a spaceship that they can sit in. Or they can play with board games, like Chinese checkers and aggravation, and learn other scientific concepts.
It is important that we, as adults, nurture our children’s natural curiosity. They want to learn about the world around them and how it works, and that means they are interested in science. This curiosity is a true hunger and one that should be satisfied as much as possible. Doing that through fun, educational toys is the best way to make sure children develop their knowledge and understanding of the different sciences. And once they get older, you can target these toys slight more, such as offering them a hydro greenhouse, a 3D space projector, or a microscope.
When children are immersed in science in a fun way, they also learn to have a greater appreciation for the world, because they better understand the world. They can make links of cause and effect. This allows them to question everything and to be proactive about finding the answers to all of their questions. In essence, science truly is life.