How to Teach Science in a Fun Way for Kids
Many students feel like science is just another subject that schools mandate to be included in the curriculum so early on. Some think science is boring and useless most especially if they don’t plan on going into the medical field. Being a more complicated and a forever advancing subject, it is sometimes taken for granted because of its complexity.
Why would students need to study science and be good at it? Science is a wonderful world of its own. It teaches us about the world around us, how things work, what makes them work and what roles each plays. It teaches students of analytical and critical thinking, patience, problem-solving and much more which are important in any course or career path they may take.
We understand that learning science can sometimes be boring, confusing and sometimes frustrating at times, but teaching doesn’t have to be boring. With a little creativity and resourcefulness, we can help our little scientists be more curious and hungry for knowledge.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THINGS WE CAN DO TO TEACH KIDS SCIENCE IN A FUN WAY
1. INTERACTIVE AND COOL ACTIVITIES.
By creating cool activities where kids can have a more in-depth view on how science topics works, they get to learn while being entertained and enlightened at the same time. Experiments fall into this category. There are so many different types of activities that can be found on Pinterest that you’re sure to never be bored!
2. VIDEOS AND ANIMATION.
The internet offers a huge collection of science videos you can show kids to aid you in teaching. Lively and animated characters will surely catch kid’s attention while they teach students with science topics.
3. SONGS AND SING-A-LONG STORY BOOKS.
More often than not, we are able to memorize a song faster than a page of a book. By incorporating topics into a song or putting tune and melody into it, much like nursery songs, chances are kids will be able to remember facts just by singing, and they get to retain the memory a bit longer.
4. COLORING BOOKS.
Little kids would rather color than listen to a boring subject, so why not do both? Coloring helps reduce stress by relaxing the brain. By incorporating colors when teaching, you get to have a material that is effective, fun and memorable.
5. FIELD TRIPS TO SCIENCE FAIRS.
This one can peak any little scientist’s interest almost instantly. Kids, being curious ones and all, gets to experience science like no other way. Science fairs help kids to test, evaluate and tinker with available projects teaching them more than words can.
These are just some of the things we can do to make learning science a fun way. We appreciate each and every teacher’s effort in teaching students with the knowledge they need to have a good grasp of the science subject the traditional way, but sometimes, this is not enough.
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As a loving parent, you’d naturally do anything to support your child.
This statement remains true even when they reach higher education. However, helping them through elementary school is undoubtedly one of the best things that you can do. The key to achieving this goal is to take a proactive stance.
While you don’t want to step on the toes of the school teachers, doing all you can to support your son or daughter’s development is vital. Here are five ways you can provide useful help.
Help With Homework
The most obvious way to support your child’s development is to help them with their homework. This builds on the work that they’ve been doing in the classroom but gives you a chance to play a role. The one-on-one tutorship gives you a chance to spot signs of dyslexia or other problems far sooner than the teacher may detect them. So, if you do notice problems like this, it’s important that you bring it up with the school at the earliest stage possible.
Prepare For Exams
Teaching the syllabus is largely the school’s responsibility. Still, you can go a long way to removing the fear of taking exams with these free test papers. Even if they aren’t the exact same modules, getting into the idea of working under timed conditions can be very useful. Meanwhile, you should try encouraging your child to get into a routine. From having the lucky pencil case to taking the same brand of water into the exam hall, those repetitions make life a lot less scary.
Encourage Extracurricular Activities
Whether it’s joining the dance classes or the Little League doesn’t matter. Social interactions in fun activities will help your child develop communication and leadership. At such a crucial stage in their young lives, this can be almost as valuable as the lessons learned in the classroom. After all, no child wants to feel left isolated or left unable to connect with their classmates. So, in addition to being great fun, those activities are integral to their development.
Promote Good Home Routines
Proper nutrition, and a generally healthy lifestyle can have a big impact on your child’s life. The effects will spread to their schoolwork too. Perhaps the most significant idea, then, revolves around sleeping routines. When your child is well rested, the mind will be more active while the energy levels will soar too. Essentially, following a healthy routine out of school will allow your son or daughter to get more from the school day. You’ll notice the benefits at home too.
Above all else, you should be a supportive parent by being there on the big occasions. From attending field trips to being available for sports days, those steps are vital. Children remember those moments more than any other. It will make your relationship stronger. Besides, these opportunities to meet teachers and interact with other parents can be beneficial on a personal note too. Given that the incentives are there for both parent and child, you’d be a fool to ignore it any longer.
Your child has graduated from high school and is now on their way to starting college. You might think that at this point, your role in the education of your child is over. After all, college is about independence and letting them finding their own way in the world, ensuring that they make mistakes so they can learn from them. Hopefully, this helps them become well-rounded individuals. However, even when they leave for college, you can still help your kids if they are struggling and you’d be surprised how many parents do this for their kids. It’s quite rare for students to be completely independent even with their studies at a college level.
Help Them Develop Study Methods
A lot of people don’t learn in the conventional way. Schooling is based around the idea of memory and recollection purely by learning the facts and putting them into practice. This continues at a college level, but it’s not the way that all students learn. As such, it might be worth helping your child find the right method for them. For instance, some students are far better at learning subconsciously, listening to information playing through headphones as they sleep. You might want to float this idea with your own college student.
Handling The Summer Drought
At summer and winter breaks, kids often return home from college and leave the study structure behind. It’s quite common for students to completely fail to study over the long summer breaks. As such, if they are coming home, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to push them to remember their studies and fit some time in through the day. If you don’t do this, by the time they return to college, their grades could have dropped substantially.
Give Them The Tools They Need
You need to be aware of the tools that could help your kids through the college years so that you can recommend that they use them. According to www.surveyssay.com, there are plenty of sites offer the answers, information, and notes on different questions that relate to various college courses. You might think that once they start studying a higher degree, they are at a level beyond your understanding. You’re no longer at the age where they can come to you with help with trigonometry. And while this is true, they might still ring you to talk about their troubles with studies. Wouldn’t it be great if you could show them a resource that could help them, even when you can’t?
Show Your Pride
Finally, you should let your kids know that you are proud of them when they reach college level and encourage them to keep moving forward. Believe it or not, often this is all a kid needs to reach their maximum academic potential and get the best grades through the college years. It could be the difference between them finishing with a fantastic grade and one that just about lets them continue along their career path. You learn more about helping students achieve their full potential on www.hbr.org.
So you see, your job as a parent doesn’t simply grind to a halt after your kids leave for college.
Children are full of imagination from a young age. They ask the wildest of questions such as “why do we eat?” and “why is the sun so hot?”. While we sort of know the answers, we probably couldn’t explain all the science behind why we eat or why the sun blazes so hot. That’s because our children are born to explore, they’re born to discover and find out new things.
Read Your Child Bedtime Stories
Teaching your child to read begins at the infancy stage. Get used to reading them stories at bedtime and make sure to leave each one at a cliffhanger (assuming they haven’t fallen asleep!) to keep their imaginations running. You want to them guess what happens next, and you want to keep their minds active.
But you don’t have to just read them stories at bedtime. If they’re curious and like the stories you read them, then it’s perfectly fine to read to them at any time as a fun activity. If you’re wondering what kind of books are suitable, then check out BookPagez.com for some inspiration. You want to have books with plenty of colourful illustrations and large letters so it’s easy for your child to follow along.
Here are some ideas for what to read to your child:
- 0-12 Months: Song books, lullabies, pop-up books
- 12 – 36 Months: Rhymes, short stories, song books
- 36 – 60 Months: Alphabet books, picture books, short stories, fables(Image Source)
- Ask Your Child Questions While Reading Have your child engage in the story by asking questions when there are opportunities. You need to make sure that your child has some understanding of what you’re reading them so they’re not just looking at pictures and giggling! If they don’t understand yet, then perhaps it’s a bit too early to start reading to them, or maybe the book is a bit too difficult.Have your child sound out words and attempt to read certain words or letters. Ask them questions such as “what word is this?” or point to something in the pictures and ask “do you know what this is?”. When your child is a little older, then ask questions to spur their imagination such as “where is the cat going?” or “why is the rabbit running?”.
Set an Example
There’s no use trying to convince your child to read if you don’t read either! We’re role models to our children, so we need to set an example and do the things we want our child to do. Invest in a book (or a Kindle!) and read as a pastime. If your child is curious, then invite them to sit on your lap and read a bit out to them. Of course, they most likely won’t understand most of the words, but their curiosity is a good sign of things to come!
But it doesn’t always have to be a novel. It could be a non-fiction book, a magazine, or even the newspaper. Show your children that there’s more to reading than just fantasy stories. Daily news articles are a great way to interact with your child. Ask them questions, tell them about news happening around the world, and spark their interest.
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