Parents are starting to use science to teach kids in school about science.
The push for kids to be exposed to science in schools comes as parents struggle with how to teach the basics of physics and math to their children.
But parents are using science to help them solve their problems.
“If you’ve got a science teacher who has kids who are really, really curious about the universe, it’s very easy to be able to get them interested in science,” said Dr. Debra Kohn, an educator at the University of Washington.
“If you don’t, you’ve probably got kids who haven’t learned enough about math and science in their early years.”
The first of two studies published in Science Education journal found that kids who learned science in school outperformed their peers who didn’t learn it.
“It’s the best way to help kids in the classroom,” said Kohn.
“It’s one of the most powerful ways we can teach our kids how to think critically about what they’re seeing and how to interact with the world around them.”
Researchers say kids who get science instruction are less likely to have a poor understanding of the world, like not being able to grasp the concepts of gravity, black holes and gravity waves.
They are also more likely to understand the basics about how science works.
“The best way for kids who don’t get that science instruction is to teach them in the real world,” said David M. Hargis, a professor of education at the College of Education at the City University of New York.
Hargis has spent the past two decades teaching children about science at his Bronx elementary school.
He said science has become part of the curriculum for about a third of his students.
“They’ve seen all the great discoveries that science has made over the last 100 years,” Hargas said.
“The other two thirds of our students have seen nothing.
And they’re the ones who are the least interested.”
Hargas, who has been teaching science for about 15 years, has seen a significant change in his students’ interest in science.
“Science is a really powerful tool for teaching our kids to think,” he said.
Hannah, who attends his elementary school, said she was excited to get her first science lesson.
“I had never heard of the word ‘science’ before, but I was really excited,” she said.
When Hannah was in fourth grade, she noticed that some of her friends were interested in the idea of space aliens.
Hannan said the class at his elementary schools is much more science-focused than the one that he had at home.
“We do have science on the board, but we’ve just not put it on the front of the classroom.
I’m not really sure what the motivation is for it.
The teacher is supposed to be helping them learn, but they’re just not doing that,” Hannan said.”
So I think it’s really important for kids, especially in kindergarten, to have that environment where they can actually get the science that they’re interested in.”
Researchers found that preschoolers who got science instruction in school scored significantly better on tests of mathematics, science literacy and math-related reading and math ability.
The research is important, because while preschoolers may be less inclined to learn about science than preschoolers in kindergarten and early elementary school (see story), the gap between preschoolers and kindergarteners is closing.
A recent study published in the journal Educational Psychology found that the number of children who had never learned science at home decreased from 18% to 14% in preschoolers.
But it was not until the third grade that the gap was closed.
“That is a remarkable result,” said Karen A. Hausler, an author of the study.
“This shows that it’s possible for preschoolers to have the kinds of educational and scientific enrichment that are so essential to lifelong development.”
The research also found that in middle and high school, the number who were able to read and write at grade level also increased.
“There are lots of kids out there who are learning about science and math and are just not getting it,” Hausling said.
She said that while the gains are good, the research needs to be expanded.
Hausler said that when it comes to science education, she believes that preschool is the best time to start.
“You can’t be the first one to try something new and you can’t do it with an empty plate,” she explained.
“You have to do it right and have a little time for it to work out.”
Hausling says that the research shows that preschool can be an excellent time for a child to start learning about math.
“Just like kindergarten, preschool is great for young kids who have trouble with math,” she added.
“And that’s a wonderful opportunity for kids with limited math skills to learn.”
Katherine Kohn is a research associate at the Institute for Advanced Study in Education at Cornell University.