Teaching Kids Science With Sid the Science Kid

Photo of Sid from the PBS show Sid the Science Kid
Photo of Sid from the PBS show Sid the Science Kid

When I was growing up, one big investment my parents made for me and my siblings was a World Book Encyclopedia set, accompanied by a library of Childcraft topical books designed for kids. I remember spending countless hours reading about outer space, plants and animals, the geology of planet Earth, weather systems, and the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, to name a few subjects. And the science experiments – I could never forget the science experiments. These books made a huge impact on me as a learner and deepened my curiosity of the world.

That’s why I’m so excited to cultivate a similar love for learning in our two boys. When Kael (3.5 years old) asks me a ton of  “how” or “why” questions, I’m delighted. I do my best to avoid pat answers, and on a number of occasions I’ve happily said “That’s a great question, Kael. I don’t know the answer, but let’s find out together.” This often leads to a trip to the laptop and a search on Google or YouTube, where we can hear what a fox sounds like or see what a dinosaur may have looked like.

So, I was thrilled after seeing a few episodes of  Jim Henson’s Sid the Science Kid on PBS. It’s science concepts for pre-schools, and it’s awesome.


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