Recently, there has been a huge push to get kids more interested and involved in math and science while in school. However, if you’re a parent that’s not particularly interested in these things yourself, it can be hard to know what you can do to pique your kids’ interest in this direction. Luckily, starting at a very young age, you can help your kids better learn and understand the science around them to encourage them to think about these things more as they go through school.
To help you see how this can be done, here are three ways to get your kids more excited about science.
Embrace Kids Asking “Why”
As many kids grow up, they go through a “why” phase. During this time, they ask “why” to almost everything you tell them. And while this can be annoying to parents when you’re ready for the conversation to be over, this type of interest in what you’re telling them can be very helpful in getting your kids excited about learning in general and science in particular.
When you find your kids asking “why” about something, even the smallest things, try to give them an actual explanation as to why that thing will happen or has happened. Try to go as far down this road as they want to or as you can so that you can get down to the basics of what is going on scientifically. For example, if your kids ask why you’re trying to divert water away from the foundation of your home, explain what can happen when water gets into cracks in concrete and how that process can be dangerous for your home.
Get Hands-On With Their Interests
Another great way that you can help your kids get more exposure to science is to try to get more hands-on with their interests in life since almost all of their interests are going to be related to science in one way or another. Depending on the interests your kids have, consider putting them into camps or classes that will help them develop skills in things like computers, gaming, nature, animals, and so much more.
Point Out When Something Is Related To Science
Oftentimes, your kids may have an interest in science without realizing that it’s related to science. So when something comes up that is related to science, make it a point to point this thing out to them.
When they want to help you make dinner, talk about the science behind growing food or chemical reactions. If you’re going to be doing something and you’re not sure how it will turn out, ask your child questions about the scientific method and encourage them to make a hypothesis about what they think will happen. They’ll see just how integral science is by bringing more science into their daily lives.
If you’re wanting to get your kids more excited about studying science, consider using the tips mentioned above to encourage them.