Educating Your Children Outside of the Classroom
When it comes to educating your children, it’s the journey that’s important. It’s a well-worn cliché, but it’s true nonetheless. When it comes to educating your child and bolstering their imagination, it’s not just about poring over books (or, more accurately these days, computer screens) — in fact, it’s essential that children are regularly able to put theory to practice, through experience rather than rote learning.
Whether it’s during the school holidays or even over a weekend, we’ve compiled list of fantastic ideas that will help your children get their creative juices flowing!
Museums and exhibitions
History is an important component of education, as it allows children to understand the past, the present and the future of our world, as well as learning more about the different cultures that exist around the world. Yet history education suffers a bad reputation among schoolchildren for being boring, difficult and not very useful. That’s where a trip to the museum comes in — rather than learning about history from stuffy library books, museums give children visual context of the history of the world, allowing them to see how people used to live back in the day. It’s not just about history too — budding artists and graphic designers will love a trip to an art museum, and there’s also science museums that are a fantastic way of nurturing the talent and passion of the doctors and scientists of tomorrow.
Zoos and aquariums
If you’ve got a child that loves animals, chances are you get multiple requests a day from your children bugging you to take them to the zoo or aquarium. But they’re not just for budding zoologists and marine biologists — zoos and aquariums provide any child with an appreciation of the natural world, not to mention encouraging environmental awareness in the next generation. Visiting a zoo or an aquarium is also a fantastic family bonding exercise.
Cultural events and festivals
We touched on the value of exposing your children to different cultures from across the world earlier. In Australia, we truly are blessed with being a multicultural society, meaning that you don’t have to go through the hassle of planning an expensive overseas trip with so much diversity right here at home. Throughout the year there are many different public festivities celebrating both the cultures of distant lands as well as the rich heritage of Australia, a fantastic opportunity to expose your children to new experiences.