The “100 first science words” list contains basic shapes, four basic elements, terms from biology, chemistry, astronomy, geology, physics and more. Let me tell you, the hard part was to keep the list short, containing only 100 words. I regret removing several fundamental terms – but we can wait until elementary-school for those, right?
The included science terms, just like duck, dog and cat, are words that will stay with your child for the rest of their lives, whether they become scientists or not – ok, maybe not ketone.
Do not worry about complexity, if infants can learn words like butterfly, pineapple and hippopotamus, they certainly can learn words like molecule and satellite. I do not expect my baby to memorize these terms. Instead, I hope they will be helpful in familiarizing her with the sounds and later with the general concepts from an early stage, always in the context of playing a game and having fun.
And now, without further ado, I present you:
THE FIRST 100 SCIENCE WORDS FOR BABIES & TODDLERS
A atom, acid, allele, astronaut, atmosphere
B bond, base, brain, bacteria
C cell, core, comet, circle, carbon, climate
D distance, density, diameter
E Earth, energy, enzyme, eclipse, electron
F flux, fluid, force,
G gas, gene, galaxy, gravity, genome
H horizon, hydrogen, hormone
I ion, isotope, immune, inertia
K ketone, keratin
L lava, lunar, light, liquid, length
M mass, moon, matter, magma, magnet, meteor, Mercury, molecule
N nova, neuron, nucleus, Neptune, nitrogen
O orbit, oxygen, ozone
P pulse, planet, protein, plasma, proton, particle, positron
Q quark, quantum
R radar, rocket
S Sun, star, salt, solid, solar, space (the final frontier), sphere, square, Saturn
T time, tissue, triangle,
U umbra, Uranus, universe
V virus, Venus, volcano
W water, wave, width, weight,
Y year, yard
Z zygote, zenith
This list is a compilation for a book I am making for my baby daughter. The general idea is to use happy simple images, maybe some ‘lift the flap’, occasionally grouping the words in mini stories. Something like: “little Oxygen along with the Hydrogen twins, decided to play the game ‘form a molecule’ and they made water. Then they spent the day splashing around, until the Sun set and they had to sleep.” “Jupiter had a lot of weight and was passing gas all year long. Moon and Sun didn’t say a word because Jupiter was a very good friend but, they kept pinching their noses every time Jupiter came to play.” One day, if the art turns out really good, I will publish it (<- carried away wishful thinking).
Back to earth now, I hope you liked the list. Which words would you remove or substitute? Besides units, which words would you choose for the scarce letters (J, K, Q, R, X, Y)? Tell me what you think in the comments and don’t forget to subscribe!
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