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Five ways to awaken your child's inner scientist

Make science come alive for your child with these simple tips.

Science can be fun, especially if you make it part of a child's everyday routine. Here are some simple tips for bringing science into your child's life.

  1. Follow his interests and encourage him to explore subjects he likes. If he's a sci-fi fan, give him materials about space exploration, or try a paleontology book on your dinosaur buff.
  2. Make time for everyday experimentation, like observing changes in weather or the chemical reactions in cooking.
  3. Put scientific concepts in real-world terms. If she's studying states of matter at school, for example, take some water and freeze, boil, and melt it so she can see the scientific processes at work.
  4. Listen to his questions and try to find the answers together. Simply telling him the answer won't be as helpful or as empowering as conducting his own research.
  5. Explore the science that surrounds you - from the science programs in your community, to museums, to nature walks. Take trips together that pique her curiosity and keep her asking "Why?"

Comments from GreatSchools.org readers

01/17/2012:
"fine.these steps will increase scientific temperament among children. "
10/21/2008:
"Thank you for the ideas. It makes it much easier to do at home things that will aid in school to promote understanding an idea or concept."
10/21/2008:
"Thank you, for the interesting information. i would definitely try experimenting and observing things with my 2 kids. i would be very happy to see my kids using their brain in science rather than wasting their energy in video games and fashion. "
10/21/2008:
"Great! Thanks!"
10/21/2008:
"thank you for all these useful tips. my kid's problem is that she is interested in studies but is unable to focus and concentrate. She is unable to comprehend things well enough. I just want to know if there are any techniques where i can get her to focus on her work.Otherwise she is a bright child and stands out in class but when it comes to science she just cannot focus, comprehend and reproduce."
10/21/2008:
"GREAT ARTICLE. IT HAS GIVEN ME SOME IDEAS FOR MY SON WHO IS SEVEN AND LOVES SCIENCE"
10/21/2008:
"Awesome ideas o am sharing with teacher and parents. Vrowe"
10/21/2008:
"I enjoy your site. It would be great if you offered 'five ways to pique your 5th grader's interest in science'.. meaning make it more grade-level relevant. I doubt that our 5th grader would be excited about watching us boil water and then look at an ice cube"
12/11/2007:
"Thank you, my child is working on some of these now, I needed to know how to hold his interest and what else I can do to help him. Thanks again."
10/10/2006:
"Excellent, very helpful for me as a stay at home Mom. Helps reinforce some of the concepts I am highlighting in our everyday activities and also helps me with new ways of exposing my gifted toddler to scientific concepts. I like the concept that a curious mind is more important than facts at this stage."
10/19/2005:
"Hi, I have a 5 year daughter that is very interested in Science. This weekend we will work on making a Hot-air balloon. She's been talking for years on becoming a doctor. I'm looking for some kids science project related to that field. Any suggestions. ?? Thank you. "
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