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Tips for Parents
Make wonder part of everyday life.
Use play, conversation, and activities of everyday life to help your child learn skills and ways of thinking needed for science and math. Here are some simple tips:
• Focus on your child's interests. They're going to know more and ask more questions about what they love.
• Talk with them about what you're doing—make it a two-way conversation.
Observe: Ask them to notice small details.
Sort: "Which tracks have three toes and which have four?" "Can you sort the adult mittens and hats from the kids'?"
Girls are just as curious as boys.
Experiment with hand tools or water play with cups in the bathtub. Ask her to describe what happens and figure out an explanation for what she notices. Chemistry sets or tool sets are great toys for girls as well as boys.
• Hands-on works best. Take them to the Science Museum, a nature center, or zoo where they can do hands-on exhibits and have fun while they learn.
• Take things apart to see how they work. Look at the insides of an old remote control, a broken wind-up toy or a battery-operated gadget.
• Find positive role models in science and technology careers. Ask friends or family members in science or technology to talk to your child or give a tour of their worksite.
• For young kids, reading readiness and science readiness develop at the same time. Use reading time to incorporate science and math skills: "How many bunnies are in the orchard?" "What shapes are the same on this page?" "What do you think would happen if ... ?"
For more resources to help your child with science and math, go to our Resources page.