Do you have to be a scientist to teach Science? Science is about asking questions and finding the answers. How can you help your child find out about the world? Science is not an easy subject, but it is all around us. Where do you start and how can you help your child find out more?
I Love Science - which is why I write the topic books with science as a theme.
I'm finding out more about science everyday - and so are Scientist. It's one of those topics that is so exciting and so full of wonder. Learning about the world around us is never-ending and alway fascinating.
So how do you start - With science you start when they are very, very young. Think of your child sitting in the bath. They play around with the water, they fill containers, they see which or their bath toys sink and float, they watch the bubbles as they float around on the top. That is science. Now, you are not going to explain to a very young child about water being fluid, or water displacement or the fact that bubbles are form by a soap skin around the air that's trapped inside. What you are going to do is explore with them. You are going to make their learning fun.
When they are young, it is enough to do experiments with them. To capture their curiosity about the world around them. Finding out about how plants grow, or what their body is like, or what happens to water when it's heated or frozen, or what happens when you mix two things together. This is what we did when we were doing Kitchen Science for a fortnight. We were finding out about the world and what happens when you mix things. We were also having a lot of fun. Cooking is science, you are mixing things and changing them into something else. Walking in the park and looking at the plants and trees is science. Finding out how they grow and what they need to survive. Looking up at the night sky and wondering what is out there, that is science. Throwing and catching a ball is science. Look around you - science is everywhere.
The best thing that happened during Science fortnight was that Tiny wanted to know more.
At his age and stage of learning we did not go into great detail about chemical reactions etc. We didn't have too. That can come later. What we did do together was find out that we can find out.
As they get older, you can start introducing more technical words and expand their knowledge. You can encourage them to ask why!
It was following the Science fortnight that I knew I wanted to encourage more science in our learning. It's just one of those topics that is so essential to us all. It is the most exciting topic because it is always changing. What we knew for fact - even a short while ago - we now know there was more to it.
You don't have to rush out and buy dangerous chemicals and risk your kitchen being blown up in the name of Science. Remember science is all around us. Looking around in nature is science, finding out about our bodies is science, space and the universe is science as well as motion and how objects relate to each other.
There is a lot of maths involved in science, so you can learn both things side by side. If they want to work later making games for the computer industry they will have to find out about physics. Chemistry will be needed for mixing ingredients when working as a hairdresser. Biology, well that speaks for itself for all our budding vets and doctors. And it goes on.
There are also a lot of websites with online experiments for your child to do. BBC bitesize is an excellent source of information on all things related to Science.
Or buy one of my topic books. Each one is filled with over 100 activities.
So far the books published are 'Wonderful Humans' and 'Wonderful Forces and Electricity'.
Coming very soon - 'Wonderful Earth and Space', and 'Wonderful Evolution'.
Pop along to Amazon or get in touch if you want to find out more. You can get them at a cheaper price as PDF versions on our very own shop.
Don't forget History! There is the history of science, and how other people tried, tried and tried again to find out about how things work. So there's lessons to be learnt there about not giving up, no matter what.
Science is about excitement. It's about wanting to know more. We are all born scientist, it's just that along the way we lose some of the magic. We are told that we cannot make mistakes, that we cannot find out anything new etc, etc.
Science is about making mistakes and finding out why those mistakes happened. Science is about finding out.
GO OUT AND TEACH YOUR CHILD SCIENCE AND LEARN AT THE SAME TIME.
REMEMBER AS ALWAYS - HAVE FUN!