The study of earth sciences is one of the most practical science studies ever. Because it examines the Earth, its properties, and anything that can affect it, it examines things that we can more or less see or hear from other people’s experiences. Primary school is about discussing how the Earth rotates in the solar system, rock types, the water cycle, the weather, and other basic concepts. Although our children will learn these concepts faster than we have, they are likely to stay the same. It is later that their science classes will cover ideas that we may never have heard of.
In addition to simply studying these concepts, however, parents should also try to teach their children relevant topics about the Earth. While most children in Earth Sciences will have classes of practical applications or experiments that demonstrate concepts, children should also learn the relevance of what they are studying on a global scale. For example, a study of what the earth is made of should lead to a discussion about different types of soil and thus different types of cultures that occur in different regions of the world. This can lead to discussion about famines and how science is developing new technologies for growing crops in the most unfavourable conditions.
Perhaps the most relevant and direct effect that can be discussed in children’s earth sciences is global warming. The study of greenhouse gases and their impact on our environment is something that should be included in your child’s science education. While many teachers tend to overdo the situation, as a parent you should teach your child the true effects of global warming. Helping your child understand how this can affect their environment, and how changing the earth a few degrees can dramatically change their lives, is one way to get your children to understand the relevance of geosciences. You can also use this as an opportunity to practice good and environmentally friendly lifestyles.
Studying the Earth and its environment can make a difference in how you can get your children to really engage in their science education. If they can see the good that comes from science, and how science benefits directly from ways of life or can threaten life as they know it, arm your child with the knowledge that the world is fragile, and they must do everything they can to preserve it.
Drawing your child’s attention to the Earth’s problems and how science can solve them is your direct contribution to educating a generation that is environmentally friendly and aware of the Earth’s situation. Geoscience for Children is not just about teaching at school, but also about carrying it beyond the classroom and making a difference!