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/u/ty_lin on I am Jeff Hoffman, MIT Professor of Aerospace Engineering and former NASA Astronaut. Ask Me Anything!

5 Mar 2015, 17:13 UTC
/u/ty_lin on I am Jeff Hoffman, MIT Professor of Aerospace Engineering and former NASA Astronaut. Ask Me Anything!
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For a girl (children) of such young age it is sometimes difficult to know what to teach them or what they can absorb. I think to start off, its important to not to underestimate their ability to learn, it's okay to teach them about math and science even if they can't fully absorb it yet. (Of course, I don't mean the full spectrum of exact details but enough to get their little mind going). You want to teach them enough so they can eventually gain enough interest to learn and explore on their own. As for what to teach them (from the math and science aspect), well, they are actually all around us if you are willing to look. My wife and I don't have kids yet, but I'd always imaging turning simple day to day question into something of a lesson. For example, one of the favor question kids like to ask is "Are we there yet?". Well, that's a fantastic question really. From that question, you can teach them about the concept of time, distance, and speed. Distance is probably the easiest to grasp at this point, as they know the further a destination is, the longer (time) ...

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