Science is so much fun. I don’t know any child who doesn’t love to do an experiment in their kitchen or watch birds in a feeder. The best part about teaching your child science is that you can learn about science anywhere. Whether you go for a walk in the woods or watch the snow fall outside, just about any experience you do with your child has some scientific component you can expand upon.
In my last post on Teaching Math Through Real Life Experience, I explained the experiential model of teaching. The most important thing for parents to remember is that experiential learning starts with the experience, but it does not end there. Once you introduce your child to a concrete experience, you need to expand on it by reflecting and experimenting further.
My family’s experiential learning tends to be spur of the moment or based upon whatever my children are interested in. Right now Leah likes preschool chemistry experiments, and Luke is interested in space. If you need some inspiration, here are a just a few of the wonderful blog posts I found on the Kid Blogger Network on the topic of teaching your child science through real life experience. Most of them can be easily adapted to your child’s age. Just don’t forget the important part of the experiential learning: discuss, evaluate, reflect, and learn more!
Science Around the House:
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