The Year of Science

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It’s important for parents to encourage kids to explore the world of science.

Kids are full of wonder and imagination – take some time to view things through your child’s eyes. You’ll be amazed! Go on a backyard safari, take apart that broken toaster (unplugged, of course!), visit a science centre or museum, or enroll your child in a naturalist program or science camp. You could also volunteer at your child’s school by helping to organize science-related field trips or demonstrations. By getting involved, you will be helping your kids to develop a passion for science. You might even set the path for a future scientist!

Reasons for Parents to Get Involved in their Child’s Science Education

Fostering your child’s natural curiosity is critical to life-long science learning.

Parents who get involved early with science education can help their children excel in the subject.

  • Research shows that when parents are involved in science education, their children achieve success and are more engaged and confident as learners.
  • Research shows that when parents play an active role, their children achieve greater success as learners, regardless of socioeconomic status, ethnic/racial background, or the parents’ own level of education.
  • The more intensely parents are involved, the more confident and engaged their children are as learners and the more beneficial the effects on their achievement.

The more often a parent gets involved, the more comfortable their child will be with science.

Parents play a very important role in getting their children excited about science.

Parents and other caregivers have a critical role to play in encouraging and supporting a child’s science learning at home, in school, and throughout their community.

Society must understand how our future depends on advances in science. From green energy sources to the ramifications of climate change to innovations in pharmaceuticals, science touches our lives in many ways.

The Role of Parents in Science Education

Parents can encourage curiosity, questioning, exploration, and experimenting since these are the pathways to learning in mathematics and science.

Parents can ask open-ended questions that require close attention and stimulate imagination.

Parents can listen to children's ideas and explanations, guiding them to consider alternatives or find facts that support their ideas.

Parents should be positive regarding any difficulties or personal experiences with school mathematics and science.

Parents who show an interest in how things work, such as computers or household appliances, can positively impact their children when it comes to having a passion for science.

Parent can join their children in learning new things about science and technology and take advantage of not knowing all the answers to their children’s questions by embracing opportunities to learn about science together.