5 reasons why science will make your children smarter, wiser and healthier
It’s not a stretch to say that science is behind many (if not most) of the advances in our quality of life in Canada, the U.S.A. and other parts of the world. Even if your children don’t choose a career in the sciences, studying disciplines like chemistry, physics or biology will help them. Here’s how.
- Science makes you a better problem solver. Even if your kids won’t become rocket scientists when they grow up, they stand to gain a lot from learning a subject such as physics. Because whether you’re calculating the velocity of a falling apple or figuring out how to get into your dream university, problem-solving skills are essential. Scientific subjects teach us to break these problems into smaller components and tackle them bit by bit. It’s a skill that applies in all walks of life.
- Science is required for many professions. Do your children want to become doctors? Researchers? Dentists? Engineers? These are just a few examples of professions that require you to know something about physics, chemistry or biology. Being good at science helps keep the door open for job opportunities.
- Science helps keep your children healthy. If your children are aware of the effects smoking has on their lungs, they’ll probably be more inclined to avoid it. If your kids know that consuming excessive sodium is bad for their health, they may trade their potato chips for vegetables instead. If your children are familiar with scientific methods, they won’t blindly believe every study the media reports. Science arms your children with knowledge. It teaches them to think critically. That means they’ll do a better job of looking after themselves.
- Science teaches children to respect the Earth. Turn on the news. At any given time during the day, you’ll probably find stories of oil and gas spills, global warming, illegal poaching…the list goes on and on. In an era where it is becoming increasingly apparent that our survival in the future depends on how well we take care of the Earth, everyone needs to become scientifically literate. At a basic level, science can teach children why they should be recycling. At a higher level, someday science may help our children stop global warming.
- Science has (and continues to) advance the quality of human life. Before the existence of modern sanitation, life expectancy was definitely shorter. And can you imagine living without electricity? Also, would it be possible to feed the millions of people in Canada and the world without the science behind the farming industry? These are just a few examples of how science has played a huge role in improving the way we live. If your children have an interest in the subject, they may contribute something that can help the world.
3 ways to know if your child needs private science tutoring
We get that hiring a professional science tutor is a big decision. There are so many things to consider that go beyond just a struggling grade in science classes. We figured we could help by giving a few ideas to decide if you need a science tutor.
Repetitive memorization and ‘book learning’ doesn’t work for everyone. Sometimes schools don’t have enough time to go beyond ‘book learning’ to show scientific principles are at play in literally every part of our daily lives. That means it can be hard for your children to connect with the material in biology, physics or chemistry.
Our science tutors have the luxury of being able to be flexible and conduct out-of-the-box lessons. For example, tutors can go outside with their students and explain combustion by listening to cars rev their engines. They can teach the principles of physics by tossing a baseball. They can explain how light refracts into the beautiful blue colour we see in the sky. Science is a part of everyday life. Sometimes children just need the right guidance to see this.
Is your child fascinated by the natural world? Do your kids lose track of time when listening to the intricate patterns of bird songs? Are they interested by how a hockey puck arcs through the air after a slap shot? Are they fascinated with how light reflects on water? These are all signs of a curious, inquisitive mind. Some children tend to ask for details about everything they do or see. For example, some students may ask about why it hurts when they bump their knee. If that conversation starts to branch out into a discussion about the nervous system, the need for a fight-or-flight response, and how the brain processes all these things…it may be hard for a parent to answer all these questions. You may have a budding scientist on your hands. This kind of child may have a talent for subjects like biology, physics or chemistry. An in-home science tutor can nurture this interest and share their insights with parents.
Learning or mental health challenges can become strengths if channelled properly. If you pore through the biographies of famous scientists, you won’t be hard pressed to find famous examples of people with mental health or learning challenges. In some cases, these so-called disabilities turned out to be advantages once channelled properly. Einstein was suspected of having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Some people credit his condition as one of the reasons he was able to think beyond the confines of the scientific theories of his time. For more information, check out the Wall Street Journal article titled ‘What If Einstein Had Taken Ritalin?’ Also, the BBC reported that Isaac Newton could have been autistic. It just goes to show that an interest in science can be a catalyst for brilliance even for people in tough situations. Keep in mind we also offer professional tutoring services specifically geared towards children with learning challenges.
Observe your children closely. An in-home science teacher with School is Easy Tutoring could be a great asset.
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