When do science project become a part of the child’s school experience? In most districts they begin requiring science projects in kindergarten. It is common for elementary aged students to be required to turn in a completed science project.
And, it’s a good idea. There are many reasons why a science project should be required. By doing a science project your child can have an opportunity to solve his or her own curious questions about the world they live in, why food is important or any question they may have. This is why it is important to have your child’s interest not yours addressed in their science project. They will have a chance to experience the joy of discovery. Your job is to foster it, encourage it and if need be lead it.
After figuring out what subject, topic or question you are going to address in your project the next step is to go to the library. The library is so important it is a source of knowledge that is often written off with the idea that the internet is superior. The internet is a tool, not superior to any other source of information structure. Your goal when looking through written materials is to gain as much background information needed to formulate a hypothesis or your educated guess.
Depending on what age your child is it is important to not allow for your child to become overwhelmed with information overload. Do some work and research on your own beforehand to eliminate that type of scenario. If your child is old enough and mature enough to be challenged by the search that it can become then encourage it. Be sure that you are readily available for their questions, comments and concerns through this stage. After researching sit with your child and write a report that summarizes any background info to set the stage for the project that your child is going to be working on. For example, if your child is going to do a project on the idea that a seed will not grow if watered with soda pop, but will grow when watered with water then narrow your research to what a seed needs to grow and why. Get down to the basics, make it age appropriate and more importantly have fun learning about science.
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