My wife and two daughters went on a field trip to the Science Center today. I find that going out into the world and finding interactive ways to learn science works best with our kids. When we sit around reading textbooks, science can be interesting — but not terribly exciting. That’s why we are always on the look out for nature walks led by knowledgeable guides, visits to the observatory or to NASA, and any other opportunity where we can get hands on experience and face-to-face interaction with real scientists.
Today, the home school kids (there were about twenty kids in all) extracted genetic material from a strawberry. Mind blowing stuff! And as soon as the girls came back home, they anxiously told me about the whole process. They retain so much information when they are involved with interactive projects such as today’s activities. It’s just another reminder that I need to prepare more hands-on lessons for them. More things that we can do in the backyard or the kitchen. Things that will probably make a big mess — that always gets their attention!
My proudest moment of the day:
When one of the employees at the science center asked if anyone knew what DNA stood for, my ten year old quickly raised her hand and shouted: Deoxyribonucleic acid.
How the heck did she remember that? They are already getting to the age where they’ll be surpassing their parents. (Happy sigh.)