I’ve read that the United States is falling behind when it comes to science, math, and technology training and education. And I think back to when my daughter was still attending public school. There was almost no science education at all for kindergarten and first grade. I can’t help but think that it is completely possible that the lack of simple science early could mean that students are not getting the opportunity to become engaged in science before it becomes intimidating in the later elementary grades.
I’m not faulting the public school system. I understand that there are limited resources and for grades K-2 it might be deemed more important to put those resources towards reading, writing, and arithmetic.
I pulled my daughter from public school half way through the 1st grade. One of the first things we did was look for an early elementary homeschool sciencecurriculum. I do believe that part of the reason my daughter loves science now, almost eight years into our homeschooling journey, is because we “poured” science at her as fast as she could learn it. She learned to love science before it got hard, scary, or intimidating.
She wants to be an astrophysicist and a veterinarian. I feel it is pretty safe to say that science will be part of her future!