Persuading a student to study regularly can be quite a challenge. Instead of using a system of punishments and rewards, try to awaken their natural curiosity about the world and encourage them to take an interest in the chosen field of science. Here are some teaching aids that can help your child develop a passion for astronomy, foreign languages, natural sciences or science.
Going beyond the curriculum can be a good way to spark your child’s interest in science – you have no control over the teaching methods used in school, but you can educate your children at home through fun activities. A great alternative to spending time in front of the computer would be to observe the night sky together. You can take your child on a trip to a planetarium or buy your own telescope – preferably a model designed for beginner explorers. The child will be able to observe celestial bodies and landscapes in safe, home-like conditions, and at the same time associate science with an absorbing and interesting process. They will certainly want to supplement their observations of the sky with additional information, which may motivate them to reach for albums about astronomy and star atlases. Consider the offer of Opticon, which adds additional materials to the telescope in the form of sky maps and guides.
If your child is at least a little interested in biology and chemistry, you can support this interest by buying him/her a microscope. A microscope with attached slides will be a great birthday present, just remember to choose the right equipment for your child’s age and abilities. Microscope can awaken in a child the desire to deepen knowledge of natural sciences and in the long run make him choose this way of education in the future. Binoculars will also work well for observing nature while playing in the garden or on a walk. Young naturalists and budding ornithologists will enjoy spending long hours observing the world of animals with them. When choosing binoculars for your child, make sure they are lightweight and compact. They can be used for both learning and playing.
Children who love puzzles and have an aptitude for science and analytical thinking can develop their skills through logic games. Computer games work well in this role, although the market is full of great board games that the whole family can engage in. Young puzzle enthusiasts will certainly find a lot of fun in working out Rubik’s cube and sudoku. It’s also a good idea to introduce your child to the world of chess from an early age, in order to teach them to anticipate, think strategically, and be patient.
Young children easily pick up a foreign language, so it’s worth supporting their learning of, for example, English by buying them a game with cards. This way your child will effortlessly learn foreign words while playing a board game of memorization or dominoes. They will associate learning with leisure time and pleasure. It is a good idea to accompany such games with recordings prepared by a teacher, who will allow your child to repeat words and consolidate correct pronunciation. Another solution can be language didactic puzzles, with the help of which the child will consolidate the meaning and spelling of foreign words
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