- parents & caregivers -
Not a scientist? You can do this!
You don’t have to be a scientist or have a college degree to help your child learn about science. Science isn't just a subject, it’s a way of understanding the world around us.
- Here's How -
How you view and talk about science influences your child’s attitudes toward science—and how he or she will approach learning science. Instead of “I don’t know, I was never good at science.” Try “I’m not sure, let’s find out together.” Knowing the answer to your child’s question is not as important as your willingness to encourage their natural curiosity.
Ask open-ended questions that will get them talking about their ideas such as: “What do you see?” “What do you think is happening?” “What do you think will happen next?” “How could we do it differently?” “Why is this important?” “What did you learn?” “What could we change?”
announcement Encourage boys and girls equally.
announcement Listen carefully to their answers.
Learning to observe carefully is the basis of discovery. Point out things that you observe when you are with your child, and ask them what they see. Children often want to jump in and just do the experiment. Remind them to take time to use all five senses to observe what is happening.
Mistakes are opportunities to learn new things! Encourage a growth-mindset by praising your child’s hard work, not their successes. Encourage them to keep working to overcome setbacks. Let them think through what they could do differently.
- Follow the Scientific Method -
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We help you guide your child scientist each step of the way.
- VideoWatch the video to learn more about the experiment. (Most videos reveal the experiment results, so you may want to watch it first without your child. Watch it together after performing the experiment.)
- You Will NeedA complete list of items you will need to accomplish this experiment is provided. A few experiments may require shopping or ordering items online, so you may need to plan ahead.
- DirectionsStep-by-step directions for you to guide your child through each step of the experiment. Let them lead the way!
- Discovery QuestionsAsk your child the discovery questions as you work through the experiment. The answers are provided, but encourage your child to think it through before giving them the explanation.
- How it WorksThe science behind each experiment is fully explained.
- Key WordsKid-friendly definitions for terms used in the experiment that might be unfamiliar.