Kids’ natural curiosity about the world around them can be a powerful thing, leading them to ask all sorts of questions. These questions can lead kids to dig deep into scientific topics that they might otherwise not have found independently; or, they might inspire conversation and curiosity outside of school hours.
You must help to nurture their curiosity. That means helping them to know the fundamentals of science and the general principles that underlie science concepts. One thing you can do is to take advantage of the excitement that Kids in tech feel when they’re in a lab and doing experiments. Getting your child excited about the experiments and showing that you’re having fun, too, makes the science behind it seem all the more interesting.
Here are some ways that you can help your child get excited about science.
- Show that you take science seriously.
The moment you start to get excited about what your child is learning and doing in the lab isn’t the time to joke around. Showing a sense of seriousness about science shows that you think it’s important too. You can also show that you take your child’s curiosity seriously by listening to their questions and meeting them on their level.
- Share some of your own fond memories of science.
When you have fun learning from science, it makes the experience all the more entertaining. Share some of your own stories or even watch a few videos. A little reminder of why you enjoy science will bring it to life for your child as well.
- Don’t shy away from the difficult questions.
Difficult questions about why you don’t see animals with six legs or why different trees lose their leaves may seem a little scary. But, this is when you need to stand firm. Your child may want to know the answer to these questions so that they can understand their world better. Whether you don’t understand something or not is irrelevant to your ability and desire to help your child understand the issue at hand. It’s a privilege to show your kids the world and help them to learn.
- Encourage your child to ask questions.
Kids love asking questions and being curious about the world. Help them to understand that they should always be asking questions. Show that it’s fun to ask questions and find the answers together. Even if you don’t necessarily know how to answer something, you can help your child to find the answers or learn more about what they’re curious about.
- Go to the science museum together.
Science museums can be great ways to help children understand scientific concepts. Visiting museums like this with your child will help them to connect with how science works and how it impacts their lives every day. If they find something that interests them, you can even visit the source of that particular piece of science.
Getting a child excited about science isn’t always an easy task
Science can be a subject that’s not the most exciting if your child is covering a topic that is either overly complicated or boring. However, with some of the ideas suggested above, you can help your child start to see science in a new light and connect with how it impacts their lives and the world.