Spotlight on Parent & Family Involvement in Science Education
Science is the study of the natural world. It is not just about facts but also about the processes involved in verifying facts and making new discoveries about the living and non-living world around us. This is the same world that our students and their families share. No one will argue that Family Involvement is key to students’ success in school. How do you get families involved in science education? One of the easiest ways is to show an interest in what their student is learning. This is a great opportunity for science teachers to reach out to offer simple suggestions on how families can support their student in science education, even if they aren’t knowledgeable about the content being learned.
Here are a variety of simple suggestions teachers can choose from to facilitate family involvement.
- Assign simple open-ended journal prompts for homework.
- Create a movie and TV program suggestion guide that relates to your curriculum.
- Assign simple take home science projects, activities, or experiments.
- Interview a parent or other adult family member about a science concept.
- Chaperone a field trip
- Science Showcase or School Event
- Provide parents/families with a list of conversations starters
- Create a list of Museums, Aquariums, and Zoo Free Admission Days and/or special exhibits.
- Create a Parent/Family Involvement “Tips” Sheet
- Invite parents and other adult family members to assist in the classroom during experiments, investigations, and activities.
Tip Sheet for Parents/Families with Students in Elementary School
Tip Sheet for Parents/Families with Students in Secondary School
Conversation Starters: How to Talk to Your Child about Science