How To Do Activities With Your Elementary School Child To Encourage An Interest In Science
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Science is all about questions. It's all about questions and trying to figure out answers. So if you want your child to learn about science, one thing you don't want to do is you don't want to rely on the school to teach them. The science curriculum in a lot of schools is pretty minimal. But, it is a matter of asking questions and encouraging them to ask questions. It's, "Why does the sun go up and down?” “Why did that plant die?” “Why is that dog acting funny?" You know kids have all these questions: "Where does the rain come from?” “Where does the snow come from?” “Why do the lights turn on?" and to the extent that you can break it down for your child, you have all these little learning opportunities. So when they ask you about the lights, if you've got a lightbulb, and you've got a battery, and you've got some wire, you can actually show them how a circuit works and why the lightbulb turns on. And some parents will be able to do that easily, and some parents won't be. But everyone can find their little niche. You know parents who are great at cooking and really know how things go together. "Well how does yeast work?” “Why does the bread go from being all flat to being all puffy?" If you're handy in the garage, you can teach them about electronics. There's all different things. So you want to kind of tap into what you're good at and what you can share. You also want to be willing to look things up with your child. "Well, why does the sun go up and down?” “I don't know but I think we can find out." And so really show your child that being curious is fun and that finding answers is possible and that it's fun.