When your little one starts school it can be a bit daunting for both parent and child. While it is an exciting time, it is sometimes difficult to see your son or daughter going off into the world.
It is a rite of passage that all of them must take and although it’s great to see them gaining in confidence through being more independent, it can be hard to let go.
Staying in touch with what they are learning
The good news is there are lots of ways you can stay involved with your child’s education once they start school.
You can talk to the teacher about what they will be learning on a termly basis and back this up with fun activities at home. For instance, if they’re finding out about different cultures then why not try cooking food from that area with them?
It can be tempting to concentrate on helping them with the subjects that you excelled in at school, but, where possible, you should be open to learning with them and not be afraid of things you are not sure about yourself.
Remember too that being involved in your little one’s learning can be fun, it doesn’t have to mean sitting at a desk and reciting your times tables.
Science kits make learning fun
Science can be a tricky thing for young minds, but it really doesn’t have to be that way. There are plenty of science kits for children designed to make chemistry, physics and biology fun.
Getting to grips with some of the more complex ideas in science can be a great confidence-booster and self belief is essential if you want your little one to do well both now and in the future. If they have a better understanding of the subject before their peers do, then it stands to reason that this will give them a great head start.
Embarking on science projects with others
Using a science kit doesn’t have to be a solo project. You can sit down with your young one and go through it with them, or they can try to carry out an experiment with their friend. Not only is this a great bonding experience, it will also help them to improve their social interaction skills.
Science for any age
Whether you have children who are about to start school, those who are going from infants to juniors, or kids who are soon to begin in secondary education, there are kits to suit everyone.
The Stepping into Science Kit from the Thames and Kosmos Little Labs range is ideal for young would-be scientists. It’s suitable for children as young as five and contains 25 experiments based around nature, physics, chemistry, air and water.
Meanwhile, older children might get more out of something like the Genetics and DNA science kit.
Because this is a very particular area of science, it would make sense to buy this for your little one when they are studying it at school. If you do, your budding scientist will have the opportunity to isolate the DNA from a tomato in a test tube.
They can then investigate inheritance and find out how traits are passed down from parents to children.
They will also discover recessive and dominant genes as well as being able to play inheritance games.
This post is written in collaboration with crafts4kids.co.uk