25 May How to help your child learn Science?
During the Primary school education journey, one possible obstacle your child may be faced with is to do well in the Primary Science examinations. For some, it can be a daunting task due to various concerns, such as the requirement of providing specific scientific definitions and identification of different living things. Fortunately, these worries are common and can be addressed through the following studying tips that parents can consider in order to help your child enjoy and excel in Primary Science.
1. Learn with an inquisitive mind
First, encourage your child to learn with an inquisitive mind. Avoid stressing on the goal to achieve sterling results in the subject. Instead, undertake an indirect approach of engaging your child to ask questions in the things around us. For example, why does an ice cube melt when left out of the refrigerator? Why do certain animals like chicken lay eggs? This approach will help to cultivate an inquisitive mind that will help your child to be more interested in the field of Science, which is the first step to excel in this Primary level subject.
2. Adopt a hands-on learning approach
Second, replace textbook-inclined learning with experiential learning. This means that you should consider engaging your child to learn science better through experiments. The key advantage of this approach is that your child will remember the scientific processes better as multiple senses are used, rather than reading and writing, which are more limited in retaining memory. For example, to prove that water has three states, which is the solid, liquid and gaseous states, ask your child to try placing a glass of water in the refrigerator and in the open space (at room temperature). Should you have safety concerns over certain experiments, an alternative approach is to show your child online videos of the experiments which are widely available on the Internet.
3. Keep a personal diary
Third, you can consider encouraging your child to keep a personal diary to write personal thoughts on what he or she have learnt from experiments observed, concepts taught in class as well as any other things that may have pique the child’s curiosity. This is to help reinforce their learning of certain scientific concepts in an enjoyable way.
Share with your child that these approaches introduced are very relevant and undertaken even by scientists and inventors. It is through inquisitiveness and the passion to uncover the mysteries behind every process that gave rise to amazing discoveries and inventions. Therefore, we hope that parents will consider these learning points in order to help your child learn science in an enjoyable, exciting and enriching way.
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