Science like Math is a subject that can make kids frustrated. It can be something quite simple like a disinterested teacher, a terrible test grade, a boring science text or one awful experiment that can leave a child with a negative impression of what is really a magical area of study. For it is true that aspects of science can be pretty complex and therefore hard to understand but if science is presented as the magical subject that it is it can make a world of difference. There is support for the view that early exposure to science can spark an interest that leads to further pursuit. Here are some tips to start kids out on the journey of enjoying science.
- Encourage their curiosity
- Learn Science with Them
- Make Science a Hand's On Experience/and Part of Play
- Use Your Immediate Environment
Continuing on the last tip, it is important to make science relevant to what kids see everyday. Their bodies, pets, garden plants, food, kitchen implements are great resource materials to name a few. It is important that kids learn about their bodies and the changes in their bodies from their parents anyway so take the opportunity and merge your role as parent and teacher of science. Again this does not have to be an expensive exercise. Don't you remember growing beans? Also kids love animals especially insects and any animal that can become a pet. The different classifications of animals can be highlighted easily. The snails, worms, fish, frogs, lizards and of course the dogs and cats have so much to teach our kids. What about the weather? If you help them to they will learn to observe the world around them more. My son loved collecting rocks and learning about the different kinds. The kitchen, the bathroom, the garden, your city museum and zoo are places your kids can see science in action. We just have to help them to open their eyes.
- Safety is a Must
You should remind kids constantly about the importance of keeping safe. With any science experiment safety first must be the ground rule. Be very observant. Buy them a white coat to encourage them to enjoy the process and recognize that being safe does not mean being afraid. Let them wear goggles if you are doing anything that can pose a hazard to the eye. Let them use tongs and gloves in the kitchen or anyplace you are using hot or cold items. Remind them that many plants are poisonous and to avoid putting their hands near their face and definitely avoid the eyes and the mouth. Visit the Council of State Science Supervisors website and download and print their safety guidelines.