Are you worried that your child may not be able to cope up with chemistry? Admittedly chemistry is a tough subject for a lot of children due to the dramatic demonstrations and experiments involved. Getting your child interested in chemistry may not be particularly easy but it is still achievable.
In order to get your child interested in chemistry, you need to show him or her that you are interested in it as well. You can achieve this through conversations related to chemistry, basic experiments and raising chemistry related questions with your child. Chemistry happens all around us every day and can be used to explain a lot of questions about the world that children to ask.
Here are 7 ways to get your child interested in chemistry:
- Explore Chemistry Together- Explore the subject together with your child as there are a lot of experiments that both you and your child can conduct together using basic household products. Explain to your child how chemistry relates to his everyday life with examples. Make use of the many kits and books that are available with pre-scripted experiments. Conduct these with your child. Give him more of a chance to conduct the experiments while you simply make sure that he is following the rules and the experiment is going according to the manual.
- Bring Chemistry into Your Conversation
Talk chemistry with your child but speak it in a simple and easy-to-understand language.
Explain to your child how chemistry relates to the air we breathe, the food we eat, how our bodies work and the chemicals used in creating some of the products we use.
By discussing topics that are related to chemistry on a regular basis with your child, you will make him familiar with chemistry as well as cultivate an interest in the subject.
- Finding Experiments for Your Children
You should select the experiments according to your child’s age, his attention span, his ability to read and follow instructions as well as his fine motor skills. All experiments are to be conducted under adult supervision but the danger factor can be increased for older children that can follow instructions. A lot of books and kits are available for you to choose from which have pre-scripted experiments that are designed for each age group.
- Get Your Child Involved
Enroll your child in a chemistry club that teaches him how chemistry is a part of our everyday lives and how he can make a career out of it. Encourage your child to become involved in one at school or with any other organizations that can cultivate a passion for chemistry in him.
- Hands on Learning Opportunities
Buying a chemistry kit is one of the most effective ways to get your child to understand how exciting chemistry can be. Most of these chemistry kits show easy experiments that can be conducted by them. Your child can enjoy mixing the chemicals to create other combinations.
- Make it Visual
Making learning as visual as possible makes it easier for your child to learn and remember. This can help him understand how chemistry works in our daily lives with the use of videos, charts, illustrations and posters. Online videos and online tutorials are also a great option for the tech savvy generation and dispel chances of boredom if they are interesting.
- Visit Science Centers Together
Visit science centers together from a young age. Learning can be fun in the form of visits to a natural history museum, a zoo, an aquarium or planetarium. Such places offer a fun and interactive learning experience for your child to understand and learn better.
Chemistry as a subject is not easy to master let alone enjoy but with a good methodical approach and diligence on your part, your child will be able to grasp and understand the subject well enough to score well in it.
I hope this article was of use to you and you can successfully use it to cultivate an interest in chemistry with your children! Good luck!
About the author: Making education simple and easy to comprehend is Dana Jandhyala’s forte. She’s had a long career as an educator where she has taught in several different schools and institutes in multiple countries. Today, she helps students with personalized online tutorials by MySchoolPage that help make concepts easy to understand, making learning fast and fun. She writes to help students study better, and to coach parents so they can facilitate the success of their children.