Top Tips to Explore Science With Children
Have you ever experienced explaining such hard concept in a simple enough way, so your kids can understand? This tips will definitely help you: the most effective strategies and suggestions for exploring science with children.
Do not try explaining everything
Trust me on this one. Even the simplest explanations do not always help children (or adults, no offense!) understand complicated ideas. So what’s a parent got to do? The simple answer is not to worry about how to explain things to children, and just spend more time modeling the fun of science by going on walks, mixing things (not living things please) and testing to see what happens next; carefully observing and wondering along with your child.
Science is all about trying to make sense of the world
Science is not always about knowing all the information available – it is equally a way of trying to make sense of the world. Scientists ask many questions, design investigations, try to make sense of the gathered information, and communicate then defend their thinking to others. They don’t always find the answers to their questions, and they also don’t always agree to each other or themselves.
Help your children think like scientist
It is really important for parents to help their children develop the skills they need to think like scientists than to help them understand complicated scientific facts. Even young children are capable of beginning to build these skills.
Here are some suggestions to keep in mind as you enjoy science together your little one:
You don’t have to answer all of your child’s questions! Encourage your child to develop his/her own science thinking skills. This will save you the headache of thinking too much.
Listen to your child carefully. Engage your child in conversations about what he thinks, and encourage him to explain why he thinks that way by asking questions such as, “Why do you think the caterpillar is eating that leaf?”
Don’t correct your child immediately. If your child says something incorrect, help him discover for himself what is correct. For example, if he says “all heavy things sink”, you can him, “Which heavy things have you seen that sink?”
Model curiosity. Say questions allowed like, “I wonder what will happen to this cake mix when we put water in?”
Remember that children develop at different rates. Some of them may not understand or learn immediately, keep this in mind as you do science activities with your child, including those in this section. Activities that are suggested for various ages are intended to be generally followed, not strictly. Children develop at different rates, so not all will fit perfectly into a specific age category.