It is obvious that at the end of a school year, most parents wish to have a holiday with their children. They seek to have fun and enjoy their free time with their little kids. Many parents want their children to discover new things during summer; for them, summer is an opportunity to teach kids many things associated with life. Because children forget the theoretical basis they learn at school, you need to follow certain steps during summer holidays to let your kid learn and preserve knowledge they acquire. You might be wondering right now about the way to let your kid learn during summer holidays.
People need to keep in their mind that learning happens all year long; anyone can balance summer fun with activities that have an educational orientation. Summer is considered by many specialists to be the most significant period where children can discover many things, depending on their own hands-on terms. For Sandra Slutz, Lead Staff Scientist at Science Buddies, ‘’ summer is the perfect time to encourage kids to ask ‘’why’’ as they explore science – not on textbook terms but on their own hands-on terms.’’
Why science activities are important for children?
Many specialists advise parents to teach their kids science activities. This is because fun activities with a scientific twist allow learners of all ages to acquire new concepts. Science activities help them to discover new things; they require good attention and observation. Doing these activities will let your child develop new skills like critical thinking which is a plus. This might have significant results on your child’s academic achievements later on. Slutz says that ‘’ ‘why’ is the foundation of science, but even more importantly, asking ‘why’ builds critical and creative thinking skills.’’ It is very important to integrate science into your daily summer to let your child have fun but with an educational twist.
Parents are required to include hands-on family science projects in their schedule during the summer holiday. They can do practical science with their children to allow them to explore things new by questioning and wondering scientifically about the structure and the mechanisms of working of things in life. There are plenty of experiments you can do with your kids to explore new concepts. Here are some examples of how to let your kid discover, wonder, acquire and learn.
How can my children enjoy science activities?
First, do outdoor activities. You go out during summer with your kids for a journey, for instance, and your child can start raising so many questions about the physical environment where you are. S/he can ask you about the creator of the universe and the sky. As a parent, you need to let your kid ask and inquire about such things and your role is to provide him/her with sufficient answers based on scientific data. Do not lie; show them the truth to explore new concepts and knowledge. Keep your child learn in this way because hands-on experience is always remembered.
Second, try to make your home a suitable environment for learning. Making housework alongside your kids will lead them raise questions and ask ‘why’? This ‘why’ is the starting point of learning for your kids. If you take your child to the kitchen, s/he can compare, explore and observe many things and will start wondering.
This curiosity generates knowledge. Your kitchen provides all kinds of family science investigations; baking and cooking, for example, alongside your child will create his/her curiosity to know about the components of bread and certain meals. Keeping them with you all the time will push them to raise scientific questions like; what happens when you mix water with flour? Why do you add oil to the ingredients? How is the bread baked? If you let your child observe such things and ask about their structure, be sure that you will notice that your kid will develop math, reading skills, critical thinking, and logic. Do not let your kid restrict their knowledge to the classroom space.
Knowledge is everywhere. Try to teach your child to develop their creative ideas which will be the most memorable and rewarding moments of the summer. Incorporating science activities into your child’s summer period will have remarkable benefits; allowing your kid raising questions about natural phenomena, wondering and asking ‘why’, ‘how’, ‘what’ and ‘where’ is a great advantage to your child to develop critical thinking and reading skills.