Thursday, September 11, 2014

Science skills

Radio Commentary

The principles of science form an umbrella over almost everything we do. Many educators feel that science is also one of the most innately interesting subject areas for children.
But sometimes a sheer love of science can get bogged down in the details of memorization of abstract concepts.

To help your child develop an interest in science, try these tips:
  • Discuss family eating habits in terms of how the body uses various kinds of food. The body can be viewed as a machine, and food as the fuel.
  • Encourage children to tinker with old clocks or broken appliances to see what makes them “tick” — after you have removed all electrical cords.
  • Try to hide any distaste you might have for your child’s interest in insects, scummy water, and other unappetizing aspects of nature. Children often find these natural items fascinating and should be encouraged to learn about their environment. 
  • Demonstrate scientific thinking by challenging general statements with the question, “How do you know that’s true?” It helps children understand the difference between opinion and fact.
  • Encourage any interest in collecting rocks, leaves, shells, or other natural objects. Provide a place to display and observe the collections.
Explore the many opportunities for science-related outings in our own county, so you can make learning a fun family affair.