Sparking interest in science naturally


KIDS like Zach start attending pre-school at the age of three. And though science as a subject is only introduced in primary school six years later in Primary 3, as a parent you need not wait that long to help develop scientific curiosity in your child.

A simple playtime can encourage a child's interest in the subject. Ms Quek Siao Yan, Principal of Joewe Playhouse and Educare Centre agrees that science should not be a separate subject but instead be integrated with play activities. "We do nature projects, cook and go on outdoor trips to Science Centre. Children are aware that they are learning science and these fun activities help them to explore their world naturally."

Inherent sense of wonder

SparkScience_2Young children by nature are curious and love exploring their world. So you can take advantage of this inherent sense of wonder about their surroundings to instill a love for science. The "Let's Explore" programme by the Carnegie Science Center does not try to teach science but is instead designed to help parents to focus on catching their child's attention. And in this way, it hopes to teach parents how to spark interest in science in early childhood.

Encourage questions

Children love to ask questions. For example: Why is the sea blue? Why don't babies have teeth? What do birds eat?

By encouraging these questions, you can help your child to develop higher-order thinking and make connections to form the big picture. Of course, you need to get comfortable with your child's natural curiosity. You don't need all the answers; just facilitate their discovery process with "I don't know. Let's find out together".

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