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5 Tips to Support Children's Science Learning


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Unlike other subjects, science is a topic that requires more than textbook knowledge. It requires questions, observations and experimentation. That's why science learning for children needs extra guidance and support. In order to assist them with the best guidance possible, you can acknowledge yourself on how to assist them in learning science. The following are 5 tips to support your children's science learning!

1. Encourage Curiosity

Discovery or inventions from scientists do not appear from thin air; they all start from curiosity. That spark of wanting to know more is the key to learning science. As a parent, you can always stimulate curiosity by asking questions during daily activities together. When you have bath time with your child, you can ask them which objects in the bathroom will sink and which will float. These questions can stimulate your child to think and the eagerness to know.

2. Invite Different Activities

In order for your child to be curious, you have to let your child explore different activities. You can ask them to go on nature parks together or do easy experiments at home. Invite your child to explore different activities so they can be open to possibilities and know their strengths.

3. Approve Questions

After stimulating curiosity, parents should always be open to questions being asked by your children. You can be responsive towards your child's questions by answering their questions in a simple manner. But what if you don't know the answer? That's okay, too. You can always find the answers together.

4. Explore and Find the Results

After sparking curiosity and asking questions, finding the results is the next step in gaining knowledge. There are many ways that you can do with your child to find the answers. You can utilize your electronic devices to search for youtube videos or a movie related to the topic. You can also go one step further by conducting simple science experiments with everyday items. The experience, whether finding the answers through the internet or by conducting science experiments, can help your child to understand steps and process.

5. Support Flawed Experiment Results

When you invite your children to do experiments, sometimes they do not go accordingly. This can result in unwanted reactions from your youngsters. As a parent, you can let them know that mistakes are there for the children to learn. You can ask why the experiment might not have gone as smoothly. By investigating what had happened, you and your child can observe what went wrong and can redo the activity. This process is also an opportunity for your child to explore more ideas, encourage curiosity and to ask even more questions.

All these five tips can assist your child's journey in learning and sharpening their skills. Be sure to always be there to support and guide in their science journey.

Source:

https://www.naeyc.org/our-work/families/support-science-learning