Ah, science. Love it or hate it.
Science can be tricky to some kids.
But the concept to learn science is not exactly elusive and untranslatable.
It’s a cumulative subject. Meaning your child have to be crystal clear about the current topic before making sense of the next.
And that can either make learning science fun or woeful.
When doubts surface, science tuition enters the picture.
But the dreariness of science tuition can deplete a kid’s energy fast.
What’s fun about science is the discovery and its process.
In that spirit, here are some of the best ways you can help your child better the subject easier. And maybe sprinkle a little fun into the learning.
Feed the curiosity
Being curious is your child’s prerogative.
To challenge the conventional learning experience and your kid’s learning ability, you have to feed their curiosity.
The process of finding answers to the natural occurrence around them is how you can do it. That’s also doing science hands-on.
Not forcing them to learn will make them more motivated and interested to pose questions and find an answer.
Once their curiosity gets hooked, there’ll be a lot of enlightenment and epiphanies that’s hard to come by through science tuition.
Embrace their wild side
Kids are impatient and frenzied fun-seekers.
Fun—that’s the keyword. Having fun is ridiculously good for your child, and it shouldn’t be an alien thought.
Doing real science requires sweat and energy. Literally.
We’re talking about a walk in the park, digging in the dirt, piling up on sand, etc.
These are precious yet undervalued opportunities to let kids observe, think and learn.
“Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.“ Carl Sagan, American astronomer
You get science facts off a book. But the thing is, by being out there, kids are totally immersed in science.
Moreover, Singapore’s nice weather and sunlight are too good to be taken for granted.
If the time to bring your child go under the sun is too much of a luxury, provide simple tools for them to engage in science discovery—keeping flowers or plants, insects in jar, simple lab equipment like microscope, etc.
Study in a different manner
Of course science tuition is still inevitable. Especially when intensive studying is required.
But you can’t have your child sit at the desk for a few hours straight. Chances are they won’t be remembering most of what they’ve “learnt”.
The traditional way of studying, namely highlighting, underlining, rereading and summarizing were found to be one of the worst studying method.
It means to space out your kid’s learning time and taking breaks in between short period of intensive studying. For example, study for an hour and take a 20 minutes break over a course of a year.
But if your child has a preferred learning style, that’ll be the best.
Make some mistakes
Ironically, making mistakes can be the portal to better learning. And science also says erring makes you smarter.
You fail, you work out the mistake, you try again, and if it works, it works. If it doesn’t, you try again. That’s what science really is.
Thomas Edison probably tried thousands different combinations before the light bulb worked.
He didn’t give up, neither should your child.
Science also isn’t just a subject. It’s not meant to be taught through lessons and tuition.
It’s a way to train children to appreciate the joy of little achievements we tend to take for granted. It’s a way to help them learn to be persevere and realize their capabilities in being independent to learn.
It’s a way to experience continuous growth and self-development even without supervision.
The world of science needn’t be a frightening one.
Science itself isn’t malevolent. It’s the traditional process of learning it that makes it frightening.
Intelligence comes into questions when kid’s grades are not perfect according to societal standards. While it’s wonderful to have straight A’s, the misconception that non straight A’s students are less intelligent is one that needs to be dismantled.
Learning science hardly has shortcuts.
And the process of doing science (discovery) is a labyrinth of errors, doubts, and uncertainties. Everything in between is foreign and tried to weave itself into every brain cell. Undoubtedly, all leading to achievements, physical or not.