Thursday, January 27, 2011

Encourage Learning Experiences

Sometimes failure will occur.  Learn from mistakes and celebrate the successes!  Most of all, be encouraging. "What happens if we try it this way?" can go a long way in science.  And, trust me, Mommy doesn't always necessarily get it right the first time either. Let your children see that you also make mistakes and how you deal with something going wrong.  Explain your thought processes as you solve the problem.  Include your children to help you explain the problem and steps to a solution.  Many times, they offer a fresh perspective.

My favorite line, "Oh oh!  That didn't work!"  Followed by: "What should we do?"  "Can you help me rebuild?" or "Maybe we can make it taller this time!"

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