Museums: Teaching Your Kids to Love Learning
Kids are curious from an early age, with many children anxious to understand new concepts and figure out the way things work. The whole world is something to be explored with new adventures around every corner. Fostering that love of learning is important for future success in your kids’ educational career.
Children need hands-on, exciting forms of education if they are to maintain their natural desire to learn. So, to start your kids off on the right foot, here are a few reasons you should be taking your kids to museums.
Museums Make Lessons a Reality
You may be able to tell your kids about things like history, science, art, and culture; however, having something explained verbally is a different experience than being able to see and possibly even touch objects related to the topic. Rather than trying to verbally explain the importance of art to your kids, take them to a local art museum. Let your kids see and understand what art is, what goes into making art, and maybe even sign them up for an art workshop. The key is making your lesson exciting and tangible rather than an abstract, verbal concept. A child cannot learn about art without seeing it.
The same can be said for any other topic. No matter how much you tell your child about WWII, nothing brings history to life like seeing the remnants of the past in an exhibit. With museums as part of life lessons, your kids will learn that education is hands-on, fun, and applicable to real life.
Museums Have Modernized for Education
With the increasing research on education and how kids learn best, more and more museums have modernized to maximize educational takeaways for kids. Children learn in different ways; some are better able to understand new ideas and concepts with hands-on experiences. Because of this range of learning styles and abilities, museums cannot rely on one form of passing along information. Instead, they have begun to implement things like hands-on exhibits for kids that learn more in a more tactile or kinesthetic way.
They may offer an app for kids who prefer to “teach” their parents with the extra information available or kids who do better when their lessons are turned into games. Some museums even have virtual tours online for children who may be unable to physically visit the museum. Regardless of your child’s preferences or needs, there will be something for them at your local museum.
Museums Cover Many Different Topics
There are museums for history, art, science, specialty collections, culture, and just about anything else you could imagine. Your kids could be educated through a museum-hopping road trip if you really want to put forth the effort. With this variety, you can teach your kids to appreciate all the different subjects they will be covering throughout their educational career. You can do at-home mini lessons to precede each museum visit, focusing on a different subject each time.
Furthermore, most museums offer some form of kids event or workshop. You can sign your kids up to learn to paint, get up close and personal with fossils, meet a Holocaust survivor, or learn to build a simple machine. Hands-on lessons are crucial for engaging children and cultivating intrigue and curiosity.
Museums are a wonderful way to bring education to life. Younger children respond very well to seeing physical depictions of what they learn, and it can even help them retain more information. By taking your kids to museums, you are helping them maintain the innate love of learning each child is born with and, eventually, giving them a leg up in their formal education.
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About the author
Joyce Wilson loved being a teacher, and though she has recently retired, she hasn’t lost that passion. She continues to educate (and help educators) by mentoring teachers in her area. She is also the co-creator of TeacherSpark.org, a resource for teachers to gather fun, engaging lesson ideas and activities.