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Instill a Scientific Temper in Your Children

Science is can be a nightmare-creating subject for many children in school. Some children loath learning science and find it extremely difficult to comprehend, often because of lack of passion or curiosity. 

As a responsible parent, we have an important task to instill a scientific temper in our children. Just by increasing their curiosity, we can build passion in them to search for answers to various scientific questions that affect our daily life. This passion may transform into a liking for science knowledge. Here are a few tips to kindle the spirit of learning and enjoying science in your children.

Everyday morning, we take cold milk from the refrigerator and pour it into a vessel for boiling. Tell the child to observe the condensed water on the outside of the vessel. Alternatively, ask a child to observe the outer surface of a coke tin kept on the dining table. Provoke the child to observe the slow process of condensation and the collection of more and more water particles on the outside of the vessel. When a child is excited about this phenomenon, slowly introduce the presence of water vapor in our atmosphere, gently talk to the child about humidity and related subjects.

Some objects floating and some submerging into water should excite a child. While giving a bath to a child, you may tell the story of “Eureka! Eureka by Archimedes”. Is there any other occasion to imbibe the law of buoyancy in the child, than during splashing water in a bath tub? Surely, the child will be able to relate between floating and submerging objects and law of flotation.

You will caution a child not to touch hot objects. However, why not try to teach the science of heat conduction while protecting them from burns. Instruct a child to keep the hand close to the hot plate and feel the heat. Never forget to emphasize the form of heat transfer through radiation.

As a parent, you can expose a child to so many different materials such as tooth brush, eating plate, water cup, dress material, reading books, and a writing slate. Why not make an extra effort to teach about the different materials in small doses to your child. After all, material technology is not rocket science.

One can go on pointing out endless opportunities to instill a scientific temper in the minds of our children. As a parent, we have a responsibility to create a fun environment in the education of our children.

 

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