We all know that we should read to our young children to help them with their literacy. But what about science? How can you help your child to gain an understanding of the world around them?
We went to a terrific talk thanks to Newbury Talks at the weekend – one of their regular free talks on interesting topics – by Alom Shaha who has written this Mr Shaha’s Recipes of Wonder to help parents get their children asking the right questions.
He is a physics teacher with a background in TV production, which was evident from his entertaining demonstrations. Small son and I have emulated his demo and worked out way through even more teabags than usual!
What was great about this talk (and this book), is that science isn’t all about white coats, beakers and chemical formulae. And that is is OK not to know the answers; but to prompt your child to work out how they could do an experiment or know how to find the answer to their questions.
His great advice includes encouraging children to take an interest in the world and see things around you. Be positive, don’t say how much you hated science at school. Ask questions – what would happen if you changed things? What might happen if I make this shorter/add liquid/move it?
Play around with the parameters and take activities and make them into science experiments. If you’re doing something, related to something else, reinforce those ideas.
Right, off to grab some wine glasses as a science experiment 😀