When you teach your kids science, they learn more than just science. They learn skills needed to flourish in life. Science matters for everyone, no matter what your kids (or students) want to be when they grow up.
What are life skills, and what does this have to do with teaching science? Science teaches you to observe the world a certain way. It can teach critical thinking, but also creativity. These skills apply to many areas of life outside of the classroom. They are essential.
10 Life Skills that Science Teaches Children
- Be curious. Find joy in exploring new things or seeking answers to the unknown. Curiosity is a life skill that may lead to new discoveries or opportunities.
- Learn resilience. Develop confidence in the ability to conquer difficult subjects or tasks. When kids master science concepts or figure out a problem, it gives them a feeling of accomplishment. What will they do next?
- Think critically. Science requires you to look carefully. By examining something up close, science teaches the critical thinking skills of observing, comparing, contrasting, and analyzing.
- Motivate yourself. Science is unlimited. Set your own goals, and choose your pace. When students find something they’re really interested in, they’ll be motivated to learn more on their own.
- Develop creativity. If at first you don’t succeed, try something new. Science requires being creative! Coming up with new solutions is part of many experiments or science fair projects. Keep the ideas flowing!
- Communicate clearly. Writing in a science notebook or taking lab notes requires precision and clarity. Science class is also a great opportunity to express your ideas with others.
- Form judgements. It’s important to think about the “why” of any science project or lesson. Part of the scientific method is to draw a conclusion at the end of an experiment. This requires making judgements.
- Solve problems. Science requires you to think about a problem and search out a solution. You may have to use logical thinking (inductive reasoning) or math equations to figure out the answer.
- Adapt easily. When a project or experiment doesn’t go as planned, it’s a learning opportunity. It can teach you to adapt easily to new situations or experiences. Be flexible!
- Become lifelong learners. Foster the love of discovery, and your kids will keep coming back for more!
Which of these life skills have you had to learn as an adult? Are there any you wish you would have been taught as a child? Think about which life skills from this list are most valuable to you. Are there any you would add? Start teaching science today! Develop key life skills with your students.
Teach Science, Learn Math and Reading
Believe it or not, teaching science can reinforce key skills in math and reading! When you teach your kids science, they learn things of vital importance.
Many science experiments require math. Science applies mathematical concepts to real situations in everyday life. Using measuring equipment, reading a thermometer, and many other basic math skills will be taught during science lessons. When taught in a hands-on way, math seems fun!
Science reinforces language arts such as reading and writing as well. Have your children write down a hypothesis or guess of what they think will happen. Were they right? They’ll learn the importance of using clear language.
Keeping a science notebook is another way of reinforcing reading. A student who struggles with reading comprehension may like copying key points from a textbook. Encourage note taking or drawing pictures for students who have trouble focusing. These habits will lead to a richer understanding of what was heard or read.