There is a saying which goes “every child is a natural scientist.” Young children need to be exposed to the world of science at a young age when they are still wondering, discovering and exploring while playing. There is a common misconception that learning cannot be fun for children, but it is up to the adults to present science in the right way so kids take to it with enthusiasm. Amazing experiences with science can inspire children to want to learn and explore more on their own and motivate them to seek out a career in the field of science or engineering.
Early childhood educators have an enormous impact on shaping children’s thoughts and opinions. Many childhood educators are hesitant to introduce science in their classrooms because of their own unpleasant educational experiences, while others see science as a magic show. Child care centers in Singapore place focus on introducing science to young children via simple experiments and exposure to gadgets like a computer or an iPad, which allows them to adjust to the constantly evolving world of technology.
Parents’ role in education:
As parents, you should heighten your children’s curiosity by asking questions, making observations and explaining the “what and how” behind things. Also encourage them to ask questions. This helps your children create a desire to learn more and develops critical thinking skills. Real science starts with childhood curiosity and encouragement from parents and teachers can lead to discovery and exploration.
Value of science:
The understanding of the value of science in early education is rising as the number of children in child care facilities is increasing. As children spend more time in these facilities, they are more exposed to experience with objects, materials and phenomena such as playing with soap bubbles, raising a pet etc.
Reports state that science has been responsible for the natural and critical part of a child’s early learning and also serves as a catalyst to his curiosity about the natural world. Exposure to science and its teachings at an early age can enable children to use and develop other important skills, including working together, basic motor control, language and early mathematical understanding.
STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education is being incorporated in early schooling and child care centers in Singapore. Schools have begun programs that give students the opportunity to write code in a classroom setting, while several thousands of students have been trained in advanced computing concepts.