Is your child always asking questions? Do they like experimenting and learning how things work? If you answered yes, there’s a chance that your little bunny is a science lover. While raising such a kid sounds excellent, it is nowhere easy like it seems.
Not all schools are into STEM, and education generally trivializes science topics. What does this mean for parents? You may have to take things into your hands….Here is how to handle the situation.
If science wasn’t your liking in school, you are probably wondering how this will work. Luckily, science is rarely about the answers but the journey to discovery. An awesome gift to give to your ever curious little one is to share in their curiosity. Check out books and subjects that your child is interested in and read together. Whenever they ask about an animal, machine, or any phenomenon, you have no grip of, take time to discover and learn about it together.
Create a Safe Environment for Discovery
Babies are born scientists. They learn everything through experimentation. Kids are always watching what we are doing so that they can comprehend it and learn. Ensuring that they have a safe space to discover their environment is the first step towards raising a scientist.
Go Beyond the Classroom
Three-quarters of Nobel Prize winners in science discovered their passion outside the classroom environment. Therefore, consider enrolling your child in extracurricular activities that focus on scientific exploration. Anything that promotes creativity, analysis, and problem-solving is an excellent place to start. If you can’t find an activity near you, devise ways of doing it yourself. Find simple experiments online and try them out with your child.
Allow Them to Experiment
Mixing baking soda and vinegar may seem like a boring thing for you, but it’s incredible for young scientists. Experiments are some of the best ways of understanding complex phenomena. Look for simple science experiments for your preschooler or kindergarten little one. Kids love doing things hands-on, and there is no better way to spark interest than through practice.
Take Field Trips
Outings to zoos, aquariums, national parks, and botanical gardens can bring scientific principles to life. A group of Google science fair finalists was asked what their most significant influence was. They said that it was visiting the local museum when they were kids. While at it, go at your child’s pace so that they have maximum benefits from the trip.