Keep Their Brains Sharp During Summer Break With Regular Science Projects
Studies have shown a noticeable decrease in a child's problem solving abilities and educational development after being away from school for a long period of time. It comes as no surprise that when children spend less time learning, there is a stunt in their intellectual growth. This is not to say that children cannot catch-up once they are back in school, because they can. But imagine how much better off your child would be if they were constantly learning, even in the summer months. Once fall came around again, you can imagine how much easier educational concepts would come to your child and how much of an advantage that child might have over his classmates.
Of course you want what is best for your child and you know that that includes life-long learning and constant growth and development during childhood, the most impressionable time of life. But sometimes a lack of imagination, time or effort makes continually teaching your child a challenge.
The simplest way to start is to find ways to introduce your young child to the way things work in the world around him. Teach your child to appreciate the natural world. Encourage them to ask questions like:
How do trees grow to be so tall?
How do you know if dinosaur really existed?
How to all the stars stay up in the sky and what are stars made of?
Why are there four seasons?
What makes it rain and where does rain come from?
Why do we have to have gravity?
And of course the list could go on and on. The point is that there are so many unanswered questions in the mind of a child that you have no time to waste, especially the three months when the kids are not in school. Encouraging your child to ask questions is a good way to be made aware of the concerns that they are having right now and that should narrow down your list of possible science projects that you can do together. You do not have to feel completely responsible for teaching every area of science and creating your own curriculum at home. That's going a bit overboard or at least expecting too much of yourself. Instead simply let your child be involved in suggesting what questions you decide to answer through doing a project. Doing this will help them to feel a sense of ownership over the project and will cause them to show even more interest in science. You benefit by having a simplified idea of what kind of information your child can handle at this point in their development. After all you do not want to discourage yourself and your child by trying to teach or illustrate concepts that are beyond both of your understanding.
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