Monday, November 5, 2012

Hands on science

What are you doing for hands on science? My daughter loves hands on science. And I dread it. Don’t get me wrong, it is not that I hate science. I actually love science. The problem is doing the hands on stuff.
Let me explain further. Doing hands on science, such as experiments requires planning ahead on the part of the teacher or parent. One of the most frustrating things for both me and my daughter is when an experiment comes up in her curriculum. Part of it is because I am, ok, I’ll say it, lazy! I trust our curriculum, and it plans the lessons for me, so I don’t have to.
The problem comes in when, in the middle of a lesson it says to “try this experiment”. Invariably, I don’t have the materials to do the experiment right then. So I print out the supply list, hope I don’t lose it before I go to the store again, and we discuss the possible outcomes of the experiment instead of actually doing it.
My daughter hates this. And I feel bad because I feel like I am cheating her out of part of her science curriculum. I guess the moral of this story is be prepared! I will have to do better, because it is a shame to deprive my child of even one hands on science experiment!

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