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The Importance of Science in Early Childhood Education
Why is there widespread indifference to the sciences as people go through the school system? Why do many people find sciences so difficult? Researchers suggest that it all depends on the experiences that we get when we are introduced to science. That the many people who declare that they have no love for science do so because of the unpleasant experiences they had when they first got introduced to the subject. When you consider that science is full of hypotheses and that it requires an inquisitive mind, it is easy to see why this is true. Children are by nature inquisitive. As they explore the world around them, they want to know why the snow falls, why the sun rises in the east and why the sky is blue. Children then are naturally trying to get answers to questions that scientists have already answered or are struggling with. Science therefore complements the curiosity that is natural in kids. When taught by a great teacher, children will therefore learn the subject almost effortlessly.
Science forms a basis for future problem solving – Science teaches the young learners how things are made and why certain phenomena occur. They learn why it rains and how the clothes they wear are made. They learn why there are many people without access to clean water and why global warming is a problem. In a nutshell, science provides the perfect avenue for teaching children about the problems that the world has to grapple with. Knowing the efforts that have to be made to solve the world’s problems makes the young learners know the importance of solving problems, a trait that will prove useful throughout the kids’ lives. Independence of thought – Science lets the young learner know that things are not always the way they seem. They learn that theories have to be proved. A child who gets a sound teaching in science will grow up to become an individual who is independent minded and one not easily swayed by the opinions of others unless there is sound evidence.
Given that science is a mandatory subject in school, and seeing how it fits in so well with the nature of a child, how can parents and educators work to eliminate the apathy that most modern children have towards science? Children will develop a natural love for science if their first encounters with the subject are amazing an unforgettable. Through creative play, an educator can inculcate a love for the subject that will stay with the child through a lifetime.