One thing I’ve learned on my kindergarten home school journey is that it’s so easy to overthink things! I experienced this especially when planning kindergarten science activities my daughter Sydney. I almost purchased an overpriced science kit, until a common cold taught me a lesson.
A couple of weeks ago, my daughter caught a summer cold. After day three of blowing her nose, coughing, and being stuffy she asked me, “Mommy, where do colds come from?” As I started discussing germs with her, I could see the confusion all over her face. So, I jumped on YouTube and found a quick kid-friendly video and before I knew it we had embarked on an awesome journey learning about germs, and best practices for not passing on your cold to others. We watched some fun videos that really broke down definitions and told fun stories. Here are a few links to videos we enjoyed:
Sick Simon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEUKsdBE3-Q
Virus and Bacteria Introduction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7D0eIsuZC3wHow to Wash Your Hands: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQ24EfM7sEw
This experience taught me an important lesson: you don’t need beakers and scientific formulas to create impacting kindergarten science activities. Everyday life and even the common cold can provide the perfect science learning opportunity.
I hope my experience encourages you to just enjoy teaching your child and to look for learning opportunities everywhere!