How to Get Involved
Parents can become a partner in their child’s schooling by communicating regularly with their child’s teachers, school administrators, and counsellors to learn more about their child’s science learning opportunities and performance.
Offer to take a class on an educational field trip.
Bring your child to the local recycling facility for a tour.
Visit informal science-related organizations like science centres, observatories, outdoor education areas, zoos and nature preserves and show your children that you value science.
Take family field trips to informal education sites such as mathematics and science centers, museums, zoos, libraries, and bookstores.
Explore your backyard and discuss with your children the creatures that might live there, such as birds, worms and spiders, and the differences between native and non-native vegetation.
Construct and observe a bird house.
Witness the season cycles and seasonal effects on the surrounding flora and fauna.
Build a simple backyard weather station that will provide your children with the opportunity to learn the basics of scientific observation and record-keeping while satisfying their natural curiosity about weather.
Star gaze by exploring the night sky.
Engage your child’s creative and critical thinking, problem solving, and resourcefulness through authentic tasks such as: cooking; performing household chores; planting and growing flowers and vegetables; repairing a bike or other household object; demonstrating safety involving electrical appliances and circuits; discussing books or TV programs about science; choosing and caring for pets; and actively engaging with your child in other everyday activities.
Allow your child to take apart a broken toaster, CD player or other small appliance and provide them the opportunity to safely explore the inside of the apparatus. Make sure it’s unplugged!
Provide your children with easy access to science learning resources such as books, educational toys and games, videos/DVDs, and online or computer-based resources.
Discuss mathematics, science, and technology careers. Encourage children to ask questions about job requirements and educational preparations needed when they encounter relatives, neighbours, or friends who have mathematics or science-related occupations.
While in the grocery store, driving in the car, or making snacks in the kitchen, your child is absorbing new information and experiences every minute of every day. How can you guide their eagerness to learn and help them think like a scientist? The PBS Parents website is a great resource with array of activities you can do. Science While Riding in a Car or Bus gives suggestions for different science topics you can talk about as you drive them to school, or take the bus to the grocery store. There’s never a bad time to learn about science.
Help your children explore science in the world around them. Point out how science is used in work or everyday activities.
Look for opportunities to introduce your children to individuals in your community whose work relates to science or technology, such as construction or manufacturing professionals, and people who work in public safety,
Discuss how engineers were able to plan and build a particular bridge.
Volunteer for community projects with your child, such as stream cleanup or non-native plant eradication projects.
Participate in “Take Your Child to Work” days, and expose them to the science and technology in your workplace. Encourage your employer to promote and support these opportunities.
Volunteer to assist with “scientists in school” days or help coordinate a field trip to a science centre.
Volunteer for a hands-on science program in the school.
If you have a science, engineering or mathematics background, offer to come into the school to talk about what you do and answer questions.
Examine science textbooks and materials, showing interests in topics, concepts, activities, and projects that your children will experience.
Become familiar with specific science concepts and skills expected at various grade levels and help guide children in selecting subjects at middle and high school levels.
Become familiar with forms of assessment being used in science instruction today.
If your children have difficulties with science, speak with their teachers and ask how you can be of assistance in resolving the problems.
Assist with mathematics competitions, science fairs, field trips, scheduling guest of speakers, etc.
Encourage your children to participate in extracurricular opportunities focused on science, technology, engineering, and math, such as clubs, field trips, after-school programs, and science research competitions.