We parents play a very important role in our children’s education. We prepare them, we push them, we support them and we foster their love in whatever subject that might be. Science is a subject that can be introduced in almost every part of our lives. From how food fuels our bodies to why the sky is blue we can have teachable moments every day. We ourselves can continue our learning daily by questioning everything around us. Together you and your child can learn together.
Lately there are two words that I continue to hear constantly "science project". At first I was really anxious; science isn’t one of my strengths. As my child and I have journeyed though this experience I have learned that you don’t need to know a lot about science to discover the joys of it.
The first hurdle was figuring out what kind of science project we wanted to embark on. When I thought of it in terms of what science project “I” wanted to help my child do, it was apparent that that would be my first disaster. The project needs to be what the child is interested in and wants to explore for the science project to be successful. The first question that you need to ask is what is my child interested in? Ask your child what he/she is curious about. Take time in looking at books at the library, going for a hike outside, walking the park, go online, do some research. For a day or two question everything and anything, you will know when you've hit the right topic. The ideas that flow will be bountiful. By being verbal with your child about the world around you, you will then have many topics to choose from. Narrow it down and then you will be ready to begin your science project. Just remember your child will more than likely take pride in and learn from something he/she like and finds interesting than something you find interesting.
Stay tuned for Part 2 tomorrow. In the mean time check out this local Science gem:
INSIGHTS El Paso Science Museum first opened its doors to the public in 1980, in the basement of the El Paso Electric Company building in downtown El Paso. The science museum followed three years of intense study, campaigning, and fund raising by small group of community leaders. They had identified a lack of opportunity for the study of science in local schools, and determined that the establishment of a hands-on science museum was critical to future development of the region's youth. INSIGHTS has come a long way since it opened its doors in that fledgling museum. It has become an important facility for the the study of science, and is now located in a freestanding building near City Hall and the El Paso Museum of Art. Permanent exhibits, such as the Tesla Coil, Centrifugal force spinner, among others - along with traveling exhibits under contract from the Smithsonian Institution and other recognized scientific entities comprise INSIGHTS entire exhibit floor-space.