School laboratories aren't the only places where kids can learn about science. Partaking in a weekly or monthly at-home science experiment will help improve kids' analytical thinking skills for school.
First, ask your kid about a project he or she would like to explore. Then, create a hypothesis about what would happen if that particular question were tested. It's important to oversee and conduct the experiment with your kid, having him or her record the experiment's progress and results. And don't forget the most important part -- checking back to see if the outcome agrees or disagrees with the original hypothesis. Voila! You've just walked through the scientific method, a framework all children learn in science class at school.
Inquiring into the nature of things feeds into kids natural curiosity and will help them better understand experiments performed with their teachers in class. Just like other family traditions, at-home science nights can quickly evolve into events your child looks forward to doing with you.
If you want to really solidify this tradition, take advantage of entering annual community or regional science fairs (just make sure you're guiding your child's work, not doing it for him or her).
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