Kids · Parenting

Top Tips For Helping Your Child With Science

Many parents, understandably, especially those who didn’t pursue careers in science, may be apprehensive about helping their child with science. An Independent Prep School, that offers first class academic results, offers the following advice…

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You can future proof your child’s job of the future by fostering and nurturing a love of science, as careers with qualifications in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are currently being created at a much faster rate than students can graduate to fill them. 

We see science everywhere! Science is a way of understanding the world, it’s about perspective, and a pattern of thinking that begins in the very early years. That is why parent involvement is so important in a child’s science education. 

Make science something that is talked about in the home and encourage your child to develop as inquisitive learners by taking the opportunity to ask children questions like… “What would happen if …?”

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Get into the habit of leading family discussions on science-related topics. Dinnertime could be an ideal time for your family to have discussions about news stories that are science based, like space shuttle missions, severe weather conditions, or new medical breakthroughs. By incorporating these sorts of conversations into day to day life in the family home, over time, children will develop a better understanding of science and how it dramatically affects many areas of our lives. 

Films and TV shows with science-related storylines are also great topics for discussion. For example: After watching Armageddonyou might want to discuss with your children the significance of the name of the movie or the scientific theory on how the world became to be or Space exploration. 

Do science together. Children, especially primary aged children, learn better by investigating and experimenting. Simple investigations done together in the home can reinforce what your child is learning in the classroom. Speak to your child’s teacher about what your child is currently learning in class and what activities you can do together at home. 

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During family outings, explore and visit science museums, science shows and observatory centres. Family holidays are also a great way to explore science, even on a beach you can discuss tides and look for fossils.  

The key takeaway from this is, children need to know that science isn’t just a subject, but it is a way of understanding the world around us. Enjoy igniting your child’s

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