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How to Raise a Science Lover*


Science is an important school subject, and one that students in the UK must study until at least the end of GCSE level when they are 16-years old. With that said, parents should try and help them find a love of science from a young age, to stand them in good stead academically. If you’re wondering how to achieve that, here are some tips from a prep school in Hampton.

Talk About Science

Try and incorporate science related topics into your conversations as a family. For instance, if there are severe weather warnings, you could chat about what causes storms. If you have a sick relative, you could chat about how the immune system works to fight off infection. Next time you’re topping up your car’s engine oil or window washer fluid, show your child what’s under the bonnet. The idea is to find opportunities to chat about science so that it becomes more familiar to your child. 

Spend Time Outdoors

Exploring nature is a great way to help your child find a love of science. Perhaps you could go bird watching together or plant some seeds in the garden. When you’re walking through the woods, talk about the wildlife that could be living amongst the trees. Chat about the different seasons and how everything outside changes with spring, summer, autumn, and winter. 

Try Experimenting

There are hundreds of different science experiments that you could try at home that will fascinate your child. You could grow your own crystals, make a tea bag rocket, or make your own sun dial, to name but a few. Play with water and see if your child can figure out what types of items will sink or float. Do some research online, as the opportunities for experimentation are endless. Just be sure to supervise your youngster, as some of them can be a bit dangerous. 


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