Three Ways to Teach Your Kids About Science, History, and Current Events
Social studies have been integrated into history classes for centuries. But, like any prior, they are not simply “old history”: they’re, in a sense, on a parallel timeline. To a young kid, reading the history of ice hockey’s Huckleberry Finn and wearing pyjamas with face paint like The Nutcracker, is far more exciting than the narrative of the Rushmore fiasco.
At the core of social studies are four core values:
Belief – emphasis on shaping your values from your background. Curiosity – relates to originality and curiosity, key to learning in school and life. Interpreting – striving to gain knowledge of various aspects of life and follow-through with your curiosity. Interest – considers yourself a learner, trying to grasp concepts and practices first-hand, listening to different points of view.
We teach kids to believe, Curiosity, and to be interested, even if that’s not a very feasible route in our lives. However, whether we’re learning at home, at school, or at the library, we tell kids to be respectful, respectful, and have an open mind.
We also focus on exposing kids to different subjects at the very same time, which is also essential to becoming self-sufficient in their brain development, leading to a healthy life. In other words, learning is vital.
Here, three independent teachers share their ways in incorporating lessons into their classrooms for all ages to have a good learning experience.
Make it funny
Often, kids are severely misconstrued or misunderstood. For example, they thought You Told Me, How Can You Say Some of These Things is too serious. Lessons like this can be very productive, it does get them thinking, and teaching them how to listen. The point is to make learning fun.
Constantly make history matter
Much like any other subject, history can be boring and tedious. You need to constantly relate history to everyday life. For example, during the Minutemen and the British (and their multiple empires) battle, kids may have had a point of view on when the Minutemen fought the British, and the wars that followed.
Highlight important facts
According to Jamie Benoit of Exploring Technology, students of all ages can benefit from knowing their country’s reputation and history. This involves the data on the country or region of interest.
Compare and Contrast
Decoding Wikipedia would be so simple if all you needed to do was lay your knowledge on the table and then apply the principles of mathematics to what you know. For example, kids could measure and compare two countries and clearly identify areas in the first that need improvement and the areas in the second that need work.
Kids could benefit from exploring new concepts in science, as well as real-life cases that test these concepts. Another great example is “The Case of a Tomato That Could Grow Fruit,” where you could look at layers of the tomato and see the how the cells inside to each cell grow and look into the final, where they split and thin out, creating the fruit. Not only could this benefit future natural sciences students, but also prepare them for job interviews.
Science could provide numerous opportunities to uncover facts that others just haven’t yet considered, making it a fantastic subject to explore.
Buy from scientists
Science, like history, can be hugely beneficial, especially when you dig a little deeper and investigate some “Big Questions.” If your kids go to school, they could get a firsthand look at new research, conduct experiments, and read some pretty wild books like Sir Richard Holmes’ The Man Who Invented Fruit Loops or Anthony Joseph’s Journey to Outer Space. Check out their science book section too, and you’ll find some interesting titles.
Although we often struggle with math and science, things like Sudden Text Combustion or Strong Winds are actually quite interesting. Maybe you need a little fresh perspective when explaining what’s going on there, or why the “carotid crest” is so important. Well, that’s what social studies are for.
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