Science is a huge part of everyday life. Because of this, many children are naturally fascinated by the subject and learning about it in a fun way, only further develops their love and curiosity for Science. Although schools educate students on the subject of Science, it is important that parents have a role in this as well.
Most children are at school for about seven hours a day during the school week, however, because they have to learn about a variety of subject matters, there is usually a limited amount of time allotted for each subject. Parents can do their part by continuing the education at home.
Furthermore, here are five ways that you as a parent can help support your child learning about Science:
· Welcome curiosity and questions: When your child asks questions about how things work such as a television or a car, take it as an opportunity to teach them something new. As a parent, you should respond to these kinds of questions in ways that will enhance your child’s critical thinking skills and help him or her understand the role that science plays in the world. Start by asking your child what they think the answer is. If he or she does not respond correctly, explain to them why their answer is incorrect, give them the correct answer and explain why it is correct.
· Explore and find answers to questions together: You may not know the answer to every scientific question that peaks the interest of your child—and that’s okay. Take advantages of cases like this by working with your child to find the answer together. Conduct research, do some experiments, call a friend or relative who may be able to answer the question. This stimulates learning, exploration, and may even lead to more questions. This also helps to make learning science a fun and exciting activity, rather than a boring task.
· Give children time and space to explore on their own: Science-enthused kids tend to learn through trial and error. They can only experiment, think on their own, and try new things out when they have a time of their own. Before giving them the correct answer to their questions, give them enough time and space to discover the answer on their own. You can even search the internet for science experiments related to whatever they wish to learn more about.
· Allow them to learn from mistakes: Just in case an experiment didn't go as planned, investigate with your child to see what went wrong. Mistakes can be an avenue for you and your child to refine your hypotheses, understanding, and ideas. By analyzing the mistakes, your child is able to correct them and learn from the overall experience.
· Let them get their hands dirty: Some science experiments and lessons may require your child to engage in hands-on activities; and many of these activities can stir up quite a mess. Because of this, be sure to dress your child in old play clothing that you don’t mind them getting dirty or ruined.