Science Matters (formally known as Building a Presence) has posted a useful article detailing how busy parents can share scientific discoveries with their busy children. The bottom line is: we live in a world whose phenomena can be explored through science (and math!). Here are tips for you to try:
- See science EVERYWHERE (spring is a great time for outdoor observations)
- Lead science and math-based family conversations… your interest will develop your child’s
- Encourage children equally, and create fun learning opportunities at home
- Visit informal educational centers such as zoos, museums, and aquariums… even better, call your local town or city facilities and see if you can schedule a family tour (kids seem to love waste water treatment plants)
- Connect learning with your job, your spouses job, your brothers job, etc. When kids see a connection, they’re more likely to be interested.
Here are a few science experiments I have done with my own nieces and nephews with simple kitchen ingredients:
- Baking soda and vinegar: feel the reaction take place… it’s literally cool; signifying an endothermic reaction
- Baking soda and vinegar in a closed container: use caution… solids and liquids will combine to form an expanding gas
- Cornstarch, water and food coloring: is it a solid, liquid, or gas?
- Try taking time-lapse photography in the spring: take one picture every day of a growing or blooming plant
Enjoy science today!