Sometimes your kids come home and ask you questions that you’d love to have a good logical and comprehensive answer to. For those who are more arts minded this may well be “why should I study science?” Hmmm, good question
Soooo, science helps us to learn and understand the chemical, biological, technical and physical world around us. Scientific studies are constantly changing with advances in technology and through research and development. Science can be helpful in a whole range of study areas. To understand and know how things work has its basis in history. Understanding requires writing reports on findings and studying names and elements which all require at least adequate English skills and of course, there are often formulas and calculations in science requiring an understanding of maths.
The study of science helps in the development of skills for planning and conducting investigations, for gathering information, team work and evaluation of findings based on that work. Science gives our children skills to attempt to find solutions to problems. It develops confidence and knowledge to become better informed.
Everybody, even the art orientated people, need to be able to think scientifically in order to be able to form opinions about certain aspects within their lives and influence their fundamental wellbeing. The study of science forces students to spend time considering the world around them and how it works. As an adult, even if you didn’t enjoy science, or fully understand some of the things you learned you will discover that, often sub-consciously, you refer to and react with scientific basis in your responses or actions.
Science fosters thinking and creation skills. Often posed with a problem your mind seeks a solution. Children are naturally inquisitive and the discovery of solutions to problems gives them that “WOW” moment. All these discoveries are science based. Without realising it our lives are dictated and influenced by science every day – products we use, food we eat, reactions we have.
So next time you, or your child, wonder the value of those sometimes tedious classes and endless formulas or dissections stop and realise that science is quite simply an important element in personal development and understanding creating each and every one of us as a whole.
Firstly there is a deep misunderstanding regarding the art of talking. Whether children or adults we shouldn’t talk “to” people, we should talk “with” people and it should always be a two way communication.
Here are a few tips on ways you can talk with your children to ensure that they listen to you and you can ensure you have a clear understanding of each other.
When … Then, not if – When you clear your plate then we can watch TV. This implies that it is not an option. If you use the word “if” you are suggesting there is a choice in the matter.
Be Brief – If you ramble on you’ll find your children switch off. Don’t try and justify what you are saying, often the child isn’t interested. Put your main directive in your opening sentence and make it clear
Give Notice – We’re heading out soon, please put your toys away or say goodbye to Grandma
If the Answer is negative try to offer preferred alterntives – Don’t start with “No” – say “You can’t eat chocolate now but how about a yummy banana”
Get on your Child’s level – When offering specific directions get to your child’s level and have eye to eye contact. Make this authoritative but not commanding
Don’t forget your please and thank you – It doesn’t matter how old your child is, they will learn by example and you need to remember your mannersso they become an automatic response for your child also
You’d better – Is not a good option. Even if the action is imperative to be done drive your message from you’re point of view, eg “I’d like you to please …” or “I need you to …”
Overcoming difficulties – When you know there is going to be some form of defence or negative response to your request try offering something your child can’t refuse. “Clear the table so you can go back on your computer”
Getting your child to talk – Sometimes all you seem to get is yes and no answers. Don’t make these an option. Instead of “Did you have fun at Molly’s house today?” try asking “What did you and Molly do today?”
Positive directions – If offering directions don’t use short sharp commands, use “I want” or if a little less authority is required use “I would like”, eg “I want you to give that to your sister now” as opposed to “Give that to your sister now”
So the kids are all back at school now. Did you get any moans and do they ever ask you "What's the point?" If your child has ever asked why they have to learn maths did you have a good answer? Here are a few facts and arguments you can use in the future.
When learning many can't understand the benefits of maths beyond the basic calculation of daily things. However maths is important in all aspects of our lives.
Maths develops the imagination and trains us to be able to think clearly. Maths is also important in the development of language. You would be amazed at how often the language of maths crops up in your daily conversations; talking about time, money, temperature, technology, planning trips, shopping, cooking, designing plans ...
Mathematics is important in many everyday employment situations, science and technology, medicine, the economy, the environment and development, and in public decision-making. Think of the jobs that require maths these include doctors, teachers, scientists, engineers, technology services, lawyers, marketing, building, designers just to name a few.
Maths is invariably used, and often without realisation, to find the right concepts and methods to make difficult things easy, to explaining why a situation is how it is. By using maths skills you develop language and insights into our understanding and appreciation of the world.
Maths isn't just numbers and is all about patterns too. Imagine a fashion designer trying to develop a concept without maths abilities!
Increasingly, employers are looking for graduates with strong skills in reasoning and problem solving.
Finally of course everyone nowadays has a computer. The computer itself is a machine built upon the principles of mathematics.
So whilst you may think you don't use maths or hate the subject, just imagine how you would get on calculating your change at the shop, working out if you can afford that much anticipated trip, reading your bank statement or baking that cake if you had no, or very limited, concept and knowledge of that often dreaded subject - mathematics!
Have you ever noticed how easy it is to pick up the words to a song but if you had to recite an essay the same way it is extremely difficult?
Studies resulting in “The Mozart Effect” show that music can have a positive effect on the way that we learn and remember. This is due to the fact that music an relieve stress, improve communication and increase efficiency.
In classes playing music can reduce the learning time and increase student retention of the material and in the workplace music can increase productivity and raise performance levels.
In an extract from an article from www.education.com Chris Brewer (founder of LifeSounds Education Services) and Gaetan Pappalardo (teacher, writer and consultant) were asked to suggest activities that use music to boost memory. Their suggestions were –
Embark on a “learning journey. ”Play reflective, meditative music while you verbally lead your child on an imaginative journey related to an academic topic, says Brewer. Read a science chapter about the planets of the solar system while a song with a slow, calming tempo plays in the background. Urge your child to close her eyes and picture traveling in space, for example.
Fuse audio with visual. Visual aids connected to data help your child recall information. If you assist her with homework, include a dry-erase board and music in the session. Explain a concept or work on a math problem, for instance, with classical music playing. Use the board to create charts and diagrams—anything your child can connect to the idea you are explaining. Brewer suggests using color and symbols when possible. Display these same images and songs again in your next tutoring session to reinforce the lesson.
Use bass to remember verbs. Turn up the volume and let music stimulate your child. “I teach kids to hone into the bass line of a song,” says Pappalardo. He allows his students to feel the bass in their chest and arms. “It causes them to move, and when they move, a certain word appears in their minds. That word is a verb. Usually a good, strong verb,” he says. He and his students refer to these words as “buff verbs.” “The other day a student came in and said, “Ozzy Osbourne uses buff verbs. He used spewing and gazed,” says Pappalardo. “Rap music—even though it is hard to find clean enough songs to share with kids— houses verb after verb after verb,” he says. Encourage your child to use descriptive language to explain how the bass, the drums, and various elements of a song make her feel.
Tie tunes to tasks. Your child memorizes more effectively through rhythm and rhyme. Chants and raps improve memory of details and help the retrieval of information later, says Brewer. Encourage her to take a favorite song and change the words to fit information she is learning. If she has a lesson on ecosystems, for example, change the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” to “Mountains, Oceans, Forests, Plains.” She can sing this version before her test to retain facts.
Take a walkabout. On a nature walk, have your child brainstorm ideas for a short story for English class. Then, head back inside, play a CD of nature or New Age sounds, and have her spend at least 15 minutes recalling and jotting down her ideas. Or, allow her to take a music player on a walk in the park. Urge her to absorb the lyrics of a few songs as she strolls through her natural surroundings. When she returns, she can replay these songs, which will jog her memory and inspire her to pen a poem.
Extract from www.education.com
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