When parents ask their child if they like science, some children say they love it and other say they hate it.
These days, it is said that more and more children dislike science. If children begin to dislike science in elementary school, they tend to be bad at it in junior high school and high school as well.
In science, through experiments and observation, children cultivate an inquisitive mind and creativity.
If possible, parents want to maintain their child’s curiosity and bring out their interest in science.
In this article, we will consider what actions parents can take to encourage their child to like science.
What parents can do to encourage an interest in science
The first step in gaining an interest in science is being given the opportunity to observe science in action.
It is a good idea for parents to go to the neighborhood park with their children and observe insects and other living things. Observing insects and plants in real life may encourage children to gain an interest in science and how the world works.
The second step is visiting the zoo or aquarium and observing animals or fish that children don’t see in their daily lives.
Through observing in person living things that they see in picture books and encyclopedias, children become even more curious about the world around them.
Once your child begins to show interest in science, it is a good idea to bring them to the museum for an event or special exhibit.
Parents should choose an event or exhibit that is meant for their age and that they can understand. Science experiments often catch the attention of younger children.
If it is hard to leave the house, you can try popular science toys and games at home. Watching science documentaries and doing experiments at home are also good ideas.
Whichever method, it is important to stimulate your child’s curiosity and encourage them to be interested in the world around them.
If you are not interested in science, it is a good idea to put them in a class where they have the opportunity to explore nature and science with their peers.