How to teach Science?

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How to teach Science?

Postby winth » Fri Feb 20, 2009 4:06 pm

How do you all teach Science huh?

Nowadays in the market, there are lots of experimental packages like growing your own crystals, create your own water clock, robotics etc.

What is the ideal age for children to create their own science experiments?

Those packages state ages 6 and above. But I wonder if it's suitable for my K2 boy.

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Postby schellen » Fri Feb 20, 2009 4:43 pm

winth, you can teach science without all those "extras". You don't have to deliberately come up with topics too. Preferably, you should integrate the science into daily life. Otherwise, kids are gonna question: Learn science for what? How will it help me understand/improve my daily life?

For our P1 DD, since she likes books and can read fairly well, and can stay attentive to books for at least 20-30 minutes, we got her a simple science encyclopedia from Popular. It's suitable for pri sch children as it has a good balance of pictures and words and it is up to date. We also picked it cos it was worth the price ($10+/20+, can't remember at the moment) and the contents are more in line with the pri sch science syllabus. Some of the reference books we came across are more suitable for other countries but this one looks like it was made with local curriculum in mind.

Other ways to teach science:
1. Water: You can use your freezer's ice tray (solid), kettle and cool tray or plate (condensation), etc.
2. Volume: Use different (transparent) containers and maybe coloured liquids like juices and milk.

Etc, etc. I'm sure many forummers here (like buds and jedamum :wink:) can come up with some more. (Currently, my brain is fried by work and it being a Friday afternoon so it refuses to work beyond minimum required to sustain bodily functions. :sweat: )

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Postby jedamum » Fri Feb 20, 2009 4:48 pm

schellen wrote:we got her a simple science encyclopedia from Popular. It's suitable for pri sch children as it has a good balance of pictures and words and it is up to date. We also picked it cos it was worth the price ($10+/20+, can't remember at the moment) and the contents are more in line with the pri sch science syllabus. Some of the reference books we came across are more suitable for other countries but this one looks like it was made with local curriculum in mind.

Etc, etc. I'm sure many forummers here (like buds and jedamum :wink:) can come up with some more.

i get my boy to read the $10++ science encyclopedia bought from popular too. is it black in colour from EPH?

the only science experiment we did are these.

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Postby schellen » Fri Feb 20, 2009 4:54 pm

jedamum wrote:i get my boy to read the $10++ science encyclopedia bought from popular too. is it black in colour from EPH?


Yes, black cover. Need to go home to check book title.

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Postby winth » Fri Feb 20, 2009 4:56 pm

aiyo...
sorry, posted to wrong category.

My 'pa-jiao' eyes, just didn't manage to see Science & IT category when I tried to do posting just now.

Chief, pls help me to move to Science & IT category can? :oops:

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Postby jedamum » Fri Feb 20, 2009 4:58 pm

schellen wrote:Yes, black cover. Need to go home to check book title.

think it's same same...my boy only read 1-2 pages once a week :roll:
better than nothing. :P
ya...local curriculum...have NEWATER de.

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Postby winth » Fri Feb 20, 2009 5:42 pm

Black colour book. Got it.

Will go look for it.
When you have title, pls do share it.

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Postby schellen » Sat Feb 21, 2009 2:49 pm

Mini Science Encyclopedia 5th or 6th edition. Published by EPH/PanPacific.

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Postby winth » Sat Feb 21, 2009 7:34 pm

thanks dear.

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Postby schellen » Sat Feb 21, 2009 11:46 pm

winth wrote:thanks dear.

No problem. :D

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