Learning can and should be one of the great adventures and joys of childhood, however school sometimes becomes a monotonous chore or even a battle for some. There are many ways parents can help keep their children engaged and excited about different subjects, specifically science. With so many branches of study, new discoveries being made every day, and an infinite ways to explore, there is no reason for science to be anything less than thrilling.
Get out into the world
Reading about pond ecosystems is one thing, but actually pulling on waders and grabbing a net to do your own exploration literally brings the learning to life. Listening to a lecture about our solar system can be interesting, so imagine the excitement of having a star party at an observatory (or in your own backyard). Learning about simple machines and mechanics is important, but may become tedious if not given the opportunity to build and explore their own simple machines. Encourage your students to get excited about science, and school in general, by providing hands-on activities. Take advantage of local zoos, parks, and museums. Many of these institutions offer special classes or camps to enrich your visit, so do your research before you go. Constantly be on the lookout for new teaching opportunities, and make the world your classroom.
Consider different learning styles and settings
Every child is unique, with different interests and learning styles they prefer. Many schools have excellent programs where your student may thrive. If you feel a traditional classroom is not the right setting for your specific student, consider a different school setting, such as a cyber-school. Pennsylvania cyber schools and other local clubs offer an online education that allows for a more flexible schedule, making science exploration more possible on a day to day basis.
Build upon established interests
Children are by nature very curious. One of the best ways to encourage a love of science is to build on interests they are already displaying. If you have a child that loves building and doing puzzles, encourage more challenging building sets, Legos, and age appropriate models. If you have a child that enjoys cooking, spend time in the kitchen with them and talk about what chemical processes are happening with the food as you mix and cook. Plant a garden and watch fruits, vegetables, and flowers grow together. You should not have to force an interest in science in curious kids. Simply work to build upon an interest that is already established.
Understanding and appreciating science is extremely important in understanding and appreciating the world around us. Students who can excel in science will have more careers and studies open to them, so take every opportunity to build a love of science in your student now.