how to help your kids love science: simple, everyday ways
The following rockstar guest post is written by Christy a former physics teacher who is now home with her three kids. Christy writes an amazing blog: Wisdom, Knowledge, Joy.
Check it out for tons of ways you can incorporate science into your children’s lives. I especially love Christy’s Science Along the Way series.
- How to Help Your Kids Love Science–Simple, Everyday Ways, by Christy McGuire
Testing season is almost over, and summer break will soon be here.Science is a great way to fill the last weeks of the school year or to occupy your own kids during the summer months.Here are five ways to enjoy science with your elementary learners:
ObserveAnyone can notice the physical world around them. Spend time out doors, in the kitchen, or just take a few seconds to notice the physical world from right where you are.Once you set the example, your elementary learners will soon be calling your attention to the world around them.ExperimentTo experiment, set up two (or more) scenarios in order to observe how changing a single factor affects the outcome.Turn your observations into an experiment by observing under different circumstances or recreating the same situation in two versions. Ask your students to record their hypothesis about what the outcome will be.Help them develop a procedure, and perform it, and take measurements. Talk about the data they gathered, and maybe ask them to write about what they have learned.You can do science without experimenting, but experimenting is loads of fun and a great way to practice math and writing skills.EngineerGive your learners a problem and ask them to design a solution by drawing pictures and writing explanations. Then, let them try to implement it.If their solution does not work, discuss and consider trying again! The experience of creating a real world solution is exciting for elementary learners.ReadThere are so many great science books for kids! Some of our favorite authors are Gail Gibbons, Joanna Cole, Jerry Palota, Jim Arnosky and Brenda Z. Guiberson.While you are at the library, be sure to check out biographies of some famous scientists!ModelRecreating something you have studied either first hand or in a book is a great way to cement learning.Make it an art project by giving freedom in materials or design. Make it a math project by requiring scale replicas. Like experimenting and engineering, modeling is work that professional scientists often do.Children are naturally interested in the physical world. As you enjoy science with your elementary learners you will spark their interest in other topics, and set them up for a lifetime of learning.
Thank you, Christy! I love all that you do and share!Christy McGuire taught physics to students of all levels from advanced placement to special education in the public school system.She now works full time at home, watching over the learning of her own children ages five, four, and two months.You can read her thoughts about learning, science and otherwise, at WisdomKnowledgeJoy@blogspot.
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