Getting children interested in science at an early age is not a difficult task. Children are naturally curious about the world around them and that is where science begins. Science does not have to be something mysterious. Use every day occurrences to expand you child’s curiosity and understanding.
Many parents think they can not help teach their children science because they do not have an advance degree in the subject area. But, all you need is a willingness to try, to make observations, and to take the time to encourage you child’s natural curiosity.
Start simply by asking your child questions about the things you see every day.
– Why do you think that happened?
– How do you think that works?
And then listen to their answer without judging it or judging them. Listening without judging will improve their confidence, and help you determine just what your child does or does not know.
You can turn every day activities into science projects. For example, don’t just comment on how bright the moon is one night. Ask questions about why it’s brighter tonight, why does it change shape, etc. You can observe the moon’s phases throughout a month, and turn that activity into a science project, without even mentioning the words “science project”.