Kids Who Love Science
Primary schools only sometimes focus on science. They have so much to teach about reading and writing and mathematics and must include state exams and prepare grades that science exploration goes by the wayside.
However, many kids are fascinated by how the world around them seems to work. They ask questions endlessly about astronomy, computer technology, how things grow, even electricity and magnetism. We’re not all either fascinated or knowledgeable enough to answer their questions, but that shouldn’t deter us from helping our kids follow their interests.
Suggestions for Helping Kids Develop their Scientific Curiosities
1.Look out in your communities for science fairs.
2.Visit science museums that are hands-on specifically geared for kids.
3.Go to local laboratories and inquire if there are scientists who are willing to take some kids under their wing to share their work and knowledge.
4.Get lots of books on different science projects that you and your child can create.
5.Walk through some woods and investigate how things grow. Help your children make collections of what interests them.
6.Cook together measuring and seeing the different reactions of various mixtures and then eat your wonderful creations.
7.Watch you tubes about how things are made. View these documentaries together to show that you are curious about what interests your child.
8.Enroll your child in science classes outside the regular school arena. Summer time is great for this. You will find them in libraries and local colleges that create programs for kids
9. Ask questions you don’t know the answers to yourself and go online together with your child to learn more about a wide range of scientific questions.
10. Get microscopes priced for kids’ usage and investigate minute properties of various objects.
In other words, cultivate your child’s interest in science if he or she expresses these curiosities. Encourage their discoveries and adventures in the expanding world of science. Stimulate their learning by showing you appreciate their fascinations. Inspire them by recognizing they may have interests similar or dissimilar to yours. Help them find others who share their aspirations to develop their scientific knowledge. The great result is your child knows you care about what they want to pursue and this builds your parent-child bond.
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst and author of Unlocking Parental Intelligence: Finding Meaning in Your Child’s Behavior found on Amazon and wherever books are sold. Visit her website: www.lauriehollmanphd.com.