For many people, science was not their favorite subject in school. They didn’t like their teacher or it was just a hard subject to grasp. From a personal prospective, I had science teachers that I really liked, and I was able to excel in their classes. Even with the teachers that made it difficult, I was still able to excel. I was an Honor Roll student from elementary school to high school.
At that time, I didn’t know that I would become a Chemist. (Before I started blogging, I worked in pharmaceutical labs). My plan was either to be an accountant or go into the medical field. When I started graduate school, I knew that science was my chosen career path.
Do I want my son to follow in my footsteps? Sure, but he is only 4 years old. He shows a scientific side; he is interested in bugs and leaves. He is also fascinated by electronics and water going down the drain. In other words, he’s curious. You should support your child’s interest in science if they have one. In my last blog post, I wrote that it was a mistake to live out someone else’s dream, even if it pays well. See my blog post How to Have a Career Focus. As a parent, you don’t need to have an interest in science in order for you child to love it. There aren’t any other scientists in my family. If you see that your child has an interest in science, encourage it. Here are some ways to spark their interest:
- Allow your child to spend time outside with nature. It’s been a hard, long winter for many of us, so when the weather breaks, get out and enjoy nature. Pay attention to your child’s reactions. For instance, I mentioned that my son is fascinated with bugs and leaves, and I’m not going to discourage that. It doesn’t mean that he’ll become a scientist, but it may be a future interest for him.
- Encourage scientific reading. As a kid, I had many books about science. Books about insects, your digestive system, the 5 senses, and the like. Before smartphones existed, we went to the library to get books and study. Your child can still go to the library and smell and feel a live book for free. However, I know that many of you may prefer to download all of your children’s books on an iPad or Kindle. There are apps like Off the Rails, Toca Nature, and Explorium-Space for Kids.
- Make science part of play. You can purchase a science lab set or other tools that allows your student to explore science hands-on safely.
- Have them talk with their teachers. If science is your child’s favorite subject in school, he can talk to his teacher about his interest. They can definitely point them in the right direction.