It's easy to get your child involved in art, craft and other creative fields, but it takes some effort to get them to enjoy science-oriented subjects. Be it for school, a future career or just to have a better understanding of how the world works, you can try these seven ways to encourage your children to love science.
1. Arrange tours to Science Facilities
Learning does not necessarily have to be in a classroom or from a textbook. The more fun you make the learning process, the more likely your child will enjoy it. Arrange for regular tours to botanical gardens, zoos, space centers, natural history museums and the like to create an interest for science in children.
To make it more educational, on every such trip that you plan, arrange some light assignments for them. For example, get them to take pictures of as many birds/ insects/ flowers as possible, and later help them identify them from an encyclopaedia.
2. Help them to recognize all the Science around them
From the food that we eat to the things that we do on a daily basis, there is so much 'science' all around us. Most tasks that we do can serve as a science lesson for children. A visit to the doctor/ dentist can serve as an opportunity to learn about the human body, for instance. Almost everything that we do everyday involves science and math; you just have to help your children realize that.
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3. Teach them how to keep and mind their facts and figures
Science is not about fiction. It is about facts, data, numbers and hard information. Thus, you should lead your children in the direction of questioning things and why they happen in a certain way, in such a way that they can come up with solid numbers. For example, you can ask them to note when in the month the full moon appears, what time the sun rises in January and other such things. Let them form a habit of observing things and keeping notes and figures.
4. Buy your children scientific toys
Buy your children toys that can entertain and educate at the same time. Science experiment sets are great for young kids while older children can get introduced to computer games bearing in mind that computer and video gaming are STEM subjects. Animation, film and game engineering involve a lot of science. You could have a budding animator among your children.
5. Play science games together
This takes us back to the point about noticing all the science around us. This time you can bring fun into learning about science. When taking a hiking trip for example, you can play “I spy" (an insect that starts with a certain letter).
6. Encourage them to be inquisitive
Science is about questioning things. Why do birds fly? How does a big ship float on water? Why does a rock come back when you throw it up? These may appear to be mundane questions, but when children are directed to resources like encyclopaedias where they can learn more, they will not fear asking more questions in future. You too could ask them questions that will prompt them to think or to find information. Choose questions that will prompt a discussion.
7. Encourage children to pursue the Science of their choice
There are so many STEM subjects that it would be unfair to force your child to study something they do not love. Let them explore their strengths until they find a science subject that they love.
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