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Helping your Child with Science: Fun Ideas at Home

written by: Cheryl Gabbert • edited by: Elizabeth Wistrom • updated: 8/2/2012

If your child is less than thrilled when it comes to science, don't worry. There's plenty you can do at home to foster a love of science. Here are some tips for parents to encourage learning and promote better grades in a tough subject.

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    Better Grades in Science

    As a parent, you want your child to do well in school. If your child is struggling in science it could be that he just hasn't developed an interest in the subject. The cool thing is that science is a huge part of our world. Most likely you can spark some interest in the subject with home activities that you do together. Kids who are interested in science do better in science at school, so fostering an interest in science may provide the necessary motivation that your child needs to do better in science. Sometimes the best ways to get better grades have nothing to do with studying, but more to do with interest. Spark your child's interest, and it could be all that is needed for him to get better science grades. Read on for some tips for parents how to deal with low grades in science.

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    Home Science Activities

    Your child most likely loves spending time with you, no matter what his age. So why not facilitate a love of science in your child by sharing some activities that involve various science-related activities?

    Cooking: Cooking is a form of science, complete with chemistry. Make cupcakes together and talk about the chemical reactions necessary to make the cakes rise properly. Discuss how adding baking powder causes the rise to occur. While you munch on the cookies, look up the properties of baking powder. Talk about the ingredients and the changes that take place during the baking process.

    Stargazing: Purchase a telescope for nighttime science fun with your child. Go outside on a crystal clear night and stargaze. Get a book from the library on constellations, and try to identify some constellations together. Most kids will truly enjoy getting outside and spending time with their parent, and this activity can really spark an interest in astronomy. For even more fun, take a trip to a planetarium.

    Experiments: Try an experiment at home with your child. Science kits can be purchased at toy stores everywhere. Take your child with you to the toy store. Your child will think of the kit as a toy, and will surely be interested in getting involved in science when it's this much fun. Science kits are available in most areas of science from geology to physics. Be sure to choose a kit that is age appropriate.

    Weather: Exploring the weather is a great way to get your child more interested in science. Check weather reports on the computer, keep weather records by placing stickers on a calendar each day. There are many stickers available with pictures of rain, sunshine, or clouds. Talk about the weather together each morning and let your child put the appropriate sticker on the calendar. Go outside with your child before a storm. Talk about the signs of a storm, like dark clouds, wind, and rain. Place a windsock or rain gage in your yard to measure wind direction and precipitation.

    Planting: Involve your child in the botanical sciences by planting some seeds together. Try planting sunflowers. These flowers grow really fast, and can grow as tall as your child. Plus, when they are grown, you'll be able to harvest the seeds and eat them. You could even plant a square foot garden together. Planting and caring for plants is a great way to spark your child's interest in science.

    From the weather to cooking, science is a part of our everyday lives. Kids may think they don't like science, but they are sure to enjoy the above activities. For parents, how to deal with low grades in science can actually be a positive experience - you'll be spending quality time with your child and fostering a love of science. This new interest is sure to boost his enjoyment as well as grades in this diverse subject.