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Survey says that STEM is hot. Many Australian schools are embracing a STEM-focused curriculum that inspires interest in math and sciences. And in a competitive, economic world, your child will find more opportunities within the STEM fields.
But how can you begin to instil your child with an interest in the sciences? Early learning all starts in their bedroom. Simple decorative elements can make your child develop an analytical approach to viewing the world.
From the time they close their eyelids at night to the time they open them in the morning, you can inspire your child to have an interest in the sciences. Here's how.
1. Use chalkboards
For many children, chalkboards are fun to use when drawing shapes, role-playing and setting their timetable for the day. In addition to these uses, chalkboards also come in handy for inspiring analytical thinking.
Start off by writing one or two simple equations on your child's chalkboard every night. If they're learning numbers at school, match the equations you write with what they learnt during the day. In fact, you can use chalkboards to have your child learn multiplication tables. Don't take things too fast as you may end up losing the child's interest.
2. Hang interesting artwork
Artworks are more than just pieces of decoration. For your child, they're a form of expression and they can inspire creativity. In addition to the cliché pink elephants and cartoon figures that are used for children's rooms, add one or two complex (yet appealing) works of art.
Have your child regularly look at the piece and ponder about how it was made, who made, it, how long it took, etc. By keeping your child's mind active and engaged, they will develop an interest in analytical subjects over time.
3. Have plenty of puzzles and board games handy
As electronic gaming devices continue to dominate children's free time, don't forget to give your child the old-fashioned toys. Put several puzzles and board games in their room so they can play with them on a regular basis.
You may also opt for electronic board games that are on children's tablet devices. Board games are good for helping your child to think analytically. Kids often have to put various clues together so as to solve a problem.
4. The periodic table never fails
As your child starts basic sciences classes in school, hang the periodic table of elements in their room. After science lessons, ask your child what they learnt and try to relate their lessons to the periodic table.
For example, if they mixed an acid and a base to form an "erupting volcano", you can explain in simple terms the elements of the table that created that reaction. Remember that simplicity is key. Don't make things too hard to understand.Share