Getting children to be interested in science can be a challenging task. After all, it is not a typical conversational topic that one would have with children. Hence, it is more an art rather than science in getting them to learn science.
Engaging in your child’s learning process is important as it is the most fundamental way to show that you care for them. By vesting interest in your child’s academic subjects, not just the grades, your child would also be influenced to do the same. This is especially so for science, where interest plays a big part in the learning process. Here’s how you can get your child interested in science.
- Use Visuals
Research has shown that 90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual, and visuals are processed 60,000 times faster in the brain than text. Generally, we would prefer watching videos or looking at pictures as compared to reading texts. This is more the case for children.By providing a more visual environment at home than the textbook in school, your child would be exposed to the different aspects of learning science. They would then understand that science is not just about studying textbooks filled with science facts, but also watching the actual process taking place right in front of their eyes.
- Provide Hands-on
In addition to the visuals, you can also let your child experience the science with their own hands. Just do a google search on “simple science experiments” and voila, hundreds of experiments that you can do with your child at home would pop up – such as how to make a packet of ketchup float and sink at will, how to create a levitating orb, and how to make slime. Despite being a little dirty and messy, your child will definitely be more interested in science after seeing how “cool” science is with their own hands. However, if you don’t wish to end up cleaning your child’s excess slime, you can also bring them to the Singapore Science Centre, where the entire building is science-themed for the whole family. The Science Centre is filled with interesting exhibits where the children can play and learn, while the adults are also able to learn new science facts.
- Create A Life-long Experience
Have you ever wondered why as your child grows up, their incessant questions about anything and everything seemed to have decreased? Do you remember a time when you asked your parents why the sky was blue, only to get ignored as they don’t know the answer? The third and final tip to get your child interested in science is to make learning science a life-long experience. Keep your child’s curiosity alive by constantly asking them why things are the way they are, and keep them wondering about the reasons behind how the world works. When your child asks you a question, don’t just say “I’ll find out when I have the time”, do it immediately. This way, your child would be able to sense your enthusiasm and catch the enthusiastic bug.
Albert Einstein once said, “Learn from yesterday, live for today and hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” Set an example for your child to follow, once your child develops an inquisitive attitude towards life, there is no doubt they will excel in science.
In conclusion, you can play an essential part in your child’s learning journey in the world of science. Your child would be eternally grateful if you were there helping him through times of ever evolving and increasingly difficult science syllabus. Here’s wishing you the best of luck in learning the art of science with your child!