How many of us today regret not focusing more on science and math when we were in school? How many of us wish our parents or teachers made these subjects more interesting? This “what if “ sort of regret that many adults feel is more common than you think. Parents rely too much nowadays on schools to build up their children’s future, but school is not enough. Sometimes children can be put off by the teacher’s schooling method and hate math for the rest of their lives. Devote more resources to bring science in the life of your kids. Here are a few ways you can make a difference and get your child interested in science.
1. Extracurricular activities
Elementary school classes can be extremely limiting, or they can seem very boring and uninteresting for a growing child. This is why they should seek out some extracurricular activities where children can be exposed to new ideas.
Most schools have various special programs or science clubs. Nowadays with technology taking over our lives, many extracurricular educational programs focus on scientific exploration, coding, and problem-solving. A child is never too young to become exposed to these topics. On the contrary, young minds are eager to absorb new information as long as it’s interesting and captivating. Things like programming might sound too complicated for a child, but in fact, learning to code is easy, and it teaches problem-solving skills, logical reasoning, and creativity.
If your school doesn’t have a science program for kids, make sure to check local science clubs or do some research yourself and create such a program at home.
2. Learn together
Nothing beats exploring your curiosity with someone. Don’t be afraid to research a subject like chemistry if you aren’t familiar with it yourself. A child gets a lot more excited if YOU get excited to learn something new. Express your curiosity, ask questions out loud. Make your child wonder why rainbows exist, and the explore together to find out what happens. Asking questions about the world the learning why things work the way they work can spark an interest in acquiring knowledge. Curiosity drives humans to learn. Bring that curiosity to life and make it fun!
3. Visit museums
Explore the local museums. Most of them have learning centers for children and fun rooms where they can learn about the world through entertainment. Take your time to learn with them. Don’t just silently browse through a planetarium or aquarium. Ask some questions, show your excitement and stir the child’s curiosity. Visiting a technology museum? Don’t act uninterested or confused. Technology and machinery are basically toys adults. Unleash your inner child and figure out how things work. Most tech museums allow you to play with machines and figure them out on your own.
Stop for a few moments to observe the complexities of our world. Spend a few minutes at night, observing the sky together with a simple pair of binoculars. Explore the night sky; you might have a future astronomer smiling next to you.
Pay attention to birds and insects. Grab a magnifying glass and study a butterfly. The world is a full wonder, especially for a developing mind. Take the time to observe, and explore together.