Families are their children’s first educators. All children share a great deal of experience
with their parents and siblings and these shared experiences become the basis
for memories, for knowledge, and for future learning.
Children learn a great deal about the natural world just by
participating in everyday life. This spontaneous
learning can be enriched and multiplied when parents take time to talk with
their children about their experiences and elaborate on various aspects of the
natural world. This gives children a way
of organizing their knowledge and the vocabulary needed to talk about this
knowledge with others.