4 Ways to Simplify Science in Early Childhood

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Science in early childhood isn’t all about lab coats and test tubes- it’s about connecting with the world around us. Many of us relate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) experiences to fizzling concoctions, dangerous chemicals and robotics but the truth is that children as young as 6 months old begin to experiment with scientific concepts in their everyday lives.

When a child throws their bottle to the ground and you pick it back up- only to have them throw it again- your bub isn’t playing a joke, they’re learning about cause and effect. When they make one action (throw the bottle) another occurs (you pick it up)!

Although this in one of the more frustrating experiences for parents, for children it is one step to instilling a love of STEM from the very beginning. Below, Charmaine Choo, Assistant Director of Curriculum and Training at MindChamps outlines 4 ways to enrich their love of science this Science Week.

1. Make learning fun

The rule of thumb to spur your child’s interest in Science is to make it comprehensible, engaging and fun.

You can achieve this by conducting simple Science experiments with your child such as making slime with cornflour, creating static electricity or making ice lollies.

Play based learning is highly renowned for it’s positive effects on children’s cognition, however using the MindChamps Crafted Play approach- you can guide your bub to explore the scientific concepts within any experience.

See also: Why is Crafted Play Important for Preschoolers?

2. Make science relevant

Just like our bottle throwing example, when children see how a concept is applicable to their lives, they naturally become more curious and want to learn more.

You can encourage this curiosity by asking some simple questions throughout the day, such as:

Q: Will our clothes dry faster in the sun or in the wind?
Q: Why do we need to brush our teeth before we go to bed?
Q: Why is it important to exercise?

Relating their known environment to these unknown concepts helps children to retain the new information as it becomes more relevant to the way they live their lives.

3. Be supportive of your child’s efforts to learn

Form a learning partnership with your child rather than adopting an teacher/student model. Ask your child about what they are learning in school and encourage them to explain them or show them to you!

When children are given the opportunity to explain and/or demonstrate their knowledge, they become more confident in their abilities and will be more motivated to share again in the future.

4. Communicate

Encourage your child to express their opinion, talk about their feelings, and make choices together as a team. Good learners have the confidence to be heard without the fear of being judged, put down, discouraged or ignored.

By keeping the lines of communication open, children learn about regulating their emotions and become more resilient for school and for life.

 

At MindChamps we know that building smart children starts from the very beginning. Learning doesn’t just occur when we sit down to read, it is an ever-evolving journey that we have the chance to guide children along. By embracing scientific concepts from our every day lives, we can teach children to see the wonder and awe in the world around us.

 

Written by: Anula Keenan