Through science, we learn about the world around us. Children often see science as a difficult subject since it’s not as straightforward as math or reading. While this may be true for some students, science can teach children many essential skills, like thinking outside the box, researching and learning from failures. Here are a few ways you can help your child understand science and start enjoying the subject.
Explore Questions Further
Children ask a lot of questions. It can be tempting to respond with your best guess. However, when your child asks a question, like why the sky is blue, consider tossing the question back to them. Ask why they think the sky is blue, then investigate with them until you arrive at the answer together. Sometimes, you may not know the answer to a question, and “I don’t know, but let’s find out together” opens the conversation and gives your child a chance to learn something new. It also shows them through your example that it’s okay to investigate a question!
Work on Observation Skills
Science is about making observations and being curious. When you’re spending time with your child, play observation games like “I spy,” and encourage them to tell you what they see around them. Tell them about what you observe at any given location. These skills can be especially useful during long drives or nature walks. The love of observation is sure to help your child understand and enjoy science.
Encourage the Recording of Observations
One of the most important aspects of scientific learning is recording your observations. While walking in nature, encourage your child to write down what they’re hearing and draw what they’re seeing. Encourage your child to take photos along the way. There are many ways to record data, and your child may look back on it later and discover something they didn’t realize during the walk.
Reframe Failed Experiments
When your child tries something new, and it doesn’t go as planned, reframe these experiences as learning opportunities. Science experiments can often go awry when instructions aren’t followed to a T. This can be discouraging for your child, and they may need your help picking it back up again. Help your child see that a failed experiment is a lesson, not a mistake.
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