Learn inquisitively. Think analytically.

Science is an intriguing field of study. It helps us to comprehend the way the world works, from the large-scale changes of the weather to the micro-level processes of cell formation. However, the study of science can be a daunting experience for some students. In this issue, we will cover some useful tips on how you can motivate your child to learn the subject passionately.

How to motivate my child to love and learn Science?

In the following sections, we will discuss some useful tips that you can apply to build up that inner potential of your child to become an Inquisitive Learner, Analytical Thinker and Meticulous Writer.

Tip #1: Learn to explore

The first step to spark the inner motivation in your child for science is to generate the desire for exploration. One way is to expose your child to different parts of Singapore to build up the skills of observation. For example, take your child to different scenic places, like Gardens by the Bay, the ArtScience Museum and the Singapore Zoo. These places of interest provide the perfect opportunity for your child look around.

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Another way is to introduce simple games and experiments to ignite the passion for learning in your child. There are many do-it-yourself science experiments that you can try with your child to broaden his or her interest in science.

Another way is to introduce simple games and experiments to ignite the passion for learning in your child. There are many do-it-yourself science experiments that you can try with your child to broaden his or her interest in science. For instance, use lemon juice as an ‘invisible ink’ to write secret codes and messages. Heat the paper using light bulb to reveal the hidden text.

At the end of each experiment, ask your child to write down his or her own thoughts about the outcome observations. This exercise will encourage your child to reflect on the results and think of any scientific explanation to interpret the outcome, thus bringing him or her one step closer to the study of science in fascinating ways.

Tip #2: Learn to ask

The second step to build the love for science is to develop the tendency to ask questions. Nurture your child to become a curious learner. Get your child to ask the ‘whys’ of observations made throughout his or her experience outdoors or indoors. For example, with reference to the ‘invisible ink’ experiment, encourage your child to list down the questions that relate to what he or she has observed.

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Get your child to ask the ‘whys’ of observations made throughout his or her experience outdoors or indoors.

By developing the interest and curiosity for exploration, your child will be motivated to delve into the field of science on his or her own initiative. Share with your child the history of science, in terms of the idea that a scientist has an inquisitive attitude to find out what are the possible explanations to the experiments. Letting your child find the answers independently will be beneficial to support this growing interest for the subject.

Tip #3: Learn to analyse

Third, ignite the passion for science by guiding your child to develop an analytical mind. Engage your child to provide possible interpretations of the experimental outcomes. This can be achieved through further use of simple experimentation and harnessing online resources for knowledge accumulation.

The analysis of results can be a complex process, but it will be an important step for your child to probe the questions that are commonly found in the Primary Science examination structured questions.

Tip #4: Learn to apply

Finally, let your child synergise the knowledge gained from the exploration, enquiries and analysis. This process of conceptual application will be developed through written explanations, which are done for Primary Science questions. Show your child the applicability of science indoors and outdoors.

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Ask your child to write down his or her answer on paper. By doing so, your child will learn to combine the skills of enquiry and observation to form descriptive explanations.

For example, pose a question to your child to explain why ice melts when placed on the table, but stays in shape when placed in the freezer. Ask your child to write down his or her answer on paper. By doing so, your child will learn to combine the skills of enquiry and observation to form descriptive explanations.

Bonus Tip: Online Learning

Furthermore, you can deepen your child’s love for Science by letting him or her join our FREE Primary Science Answering Skills Workshop. This workshop will be held in the June School Holiday period, in which different aspects of Science are covered. We guide your child through the learning process of question analysis, answer explanation and review of approaches.

Besides, let your child sign up as a Smart Learners Nation member to access our vast question bank that contains more than 20,000 modified past examination Primary Science MCQs. Build up familiarity and raise confidence by attempting these questions to be ready for the challenges of the PSLE Science.