Science is one the easiest subjects to continue learning over the summer. Whether your a public school or homeschool parent, it’s easy to prevent summer learning loss and provide natural opportunities to explore the subject. Summer science can be laid back and led by your child’s interests.
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Simple Tips to Add Science to Your Summer
Make it is easy for your children to explore science with science trays or by creating a science center. You might include nature findings with a magnifying glass, magnets, or even a balance with weights. The idea is to provide an opportunity to easily explore science.
Provide the Tools
Field guides, binoculars, and microscopes are all good items to have on hand. You may even want to create your own science explorer kit to keep in the car for when you’re out. A basic science kit is a valuable addition to your home.
Have a Weekly Science Day
Set aside one day a week for science learning. This is the perfect time do fun experiments or deeper learning. Weekly nature walks are also a fun way to build science into your routine.
Take advantage of the local offerings in your town. Explore at the local children’s or science museum. If you have a college or university nearby, check their schedules to see what activities you might find. They may also have smaller museums you can enjoy. And don’t forget library events or the zoo!
Point It Out
Science is happening around us all day long. Take the time to talk about the science that’s happening around you. Identify the simple machines at work in your day. Observe the weather or stars. Talk about plant life cycles as you garden. The kitchen is a great place to talk about chemical reactions.
Follow Your Child’s Interest
There’s plenty of time during the school year to follow scopes and sequences. Let your child take the lead and follow their interests. Incorporating unit studies or lapbooks are a great way to extend your learning on different topics. Follow your child’s interests and see their love for learning grow!
Good References & Helps
Keep references and guides to encourage and help you teach your child. Having a book with easy experiments or science ideas will help make it easy to teach and talk about science with your children.
What are some of your favorite ways to explore science with your children?