If you’re struggling and stressing over elementary science, you’re doing it wrong. Elementary science should be easy and fun to teach. After all we’re introducing our children to the wonders of the world. Here are 10 wonderful tips to take the dull drums out of elementary science and inject some fun into it today.
10 Elementary Science Tips
1. Nature Study
Kids are fascinated by the world around them. They’ll hunt ants, chase birds, and hunt butterflies. The sky amazes them. Stars are there to be admired. It’s the perfect time for nature study. Go on long nature hikes and study the world. Stop to point out marvels on the way. It may be the slug eating a leaf, a monarch butterfly dancing from flower to flower, or a beautiful rock. Encourage your child’s interest in these small details of life.
2. Science Basket
Keep a science basket full of great science books and science encyclopedias such as the Usborne Science Encyclopedia and Kingfisher Science Encyclopedia. Spend time wandering the library shelves to find books you find interesteding, or you choose topics you’ve run across on your nature hikes. Leave the books in your book basket for your children to read.
3. Backyard Square
Take 4 pegs, some twine, and a yardstick to map out a square in the backyard. Over the year, watch the square. Note tracks that appear, worms, plants, and birds. Keep a journal to log what’s happening in the square each morning. Backyard squares are a wonderful way of bring nature studies home.
4. Science Museums
Science museums are magical places of strange effects and exhibits. Take as many opportunities as you can to drop by them. You never know what interest will be kindled by the experience. One child may adore the light show, another may be fascinated by whales, a third may be enthralled by stars. Give your kids the child to experience the wonders of the universe in a new light.
5. Science Supplies
Keep plenty of science supplies around. The main reason everyone skips science experiments is because the supplies aren’t around. Then you forget to put the supplies on the list for later. The experiments never get done. Purchase as many items as you can during the summer so you don’t need to skip experiments in the middle of winter.
6. Science Kits
By the same token, science kits are wonderful. They provide all the supplies needed and open the door to some truly unique learning opportunities at home. You can give science kits as gifts for Christmas and birthdays. What kid is going to complain about the Scientific Explorer Tasty Science Kit!
7. Gross Is Awesome
Elementary kids love gross things. Slimy worms are cool. Slugs are fascinating, and oozy mud is awesome. Don’t skip experiments that might be a gross. What is elementary science without trying to gross your kids out? Kids love the gross stuff of life.
8. Follow Interests
If your child shows an interest in a topic, follow it. Check out books from the library. Purchase kits. Don’t worry about your regular science studies for a few weeks. Instead nurture your child’s interest. You won’t miss a vital topic at this age, instead you’ll encourage a life long love of science.
9. Explore New Topics
While you want to follow your child’s interests, do explore new science topics with your child. You never know when a new concept is going to spark your kid’s imagination and lead to a new passion. We’re opening doors, not closing them, in elementary science.
10. Have Fun
The most important part of elementary science is to have fun and enjoy yourselves. Science is a fascinating subject to delve into. You learn how the body works. You learn about the stars and the moon. You learn about rocks, trees, and plants. Have fun and explore the world with your child.
What’s your favorite elementary science topic to study?