9 Educational Benefits of Bringing Children to Museums
Guest post by Kristin Savage
Modern kids are obsessed with instant gratification. Typically, they can’t live a day without smartphones and their favourite video games.
Therefore, it’s not a big surprise that most parents doubt whether it’s a good idea to take their kids out on a museum trip. Some mothers and fathers are afraid that kids will get bored and that a museum visit will be just a waste of time.
But the truth is that modern museums have lots to offer to little learners. If you bring your children to the museums, it will result in numerous educational benefits.
One of the most critical issues in education is that modern children lack the interest to study. Generations Z (ages 10-24) and Alpha (ages 0-9) are accustomed to constant stimuli from smartphone apps and streaming platforms. They don’t want to concentrate in class. They don’t want to learn something new.
Although many museums use digital engagement tactics quite successfully, there is merit in pulling children away from screens and showing them the beauty of the real world. If you bring your children to museums, they will see something new that will spark their curiosity. They will see that the world is full of fascinating things to learn, and this new experience will motivate them to study harder.
Get access to a trusted source of knowledge
Modern children trust the internet too much, and that’s a huge problem. There are a number of children today that lack the skills to distinguish fact from fiction and identify credible websites amongst the sea of non-credible ones. They have no skills necessary to distinguish credible websites from non-credible ones.
“Children tend to acquire knowledge that comes from non-trusted sources. And that negatively affects their academic outcomes and life in general,” says Stephanie Lee, an education coordinator and writer at Studicus.
If you want your kids to understand what trusted sources of knowledge are all about, don’t hesitate to bring them to the museums. Show your kids the places where knowledge is created, and explain to them why they shouldn’t trust all of the information published online.
Develop civic awareness and a sense of place
Another great thing about museums is that they help to define local identity and reinforce a sense of place. If your kids visit museums on a regular basis, they will understand how the world changes over time and why. They will learn about the events, personalities, as well as historical processes that have formed the character of the locality they belong to.
You can be sure that will widen your children’s worldview. From engagement with arts and culture through museums, kids will gain an aspiration for the future and will become more confident to realise their dreams.
Help to learn historical lessons not taught in schools
Most schools and educational institutions offer a history curriculum that spans a range of eras and geographies. So, if your kids don’t skip classes at school, they will learn the basics of history.
However, if you want your kids to get in-depth knowledge of history, you should encourage them to visit museums and historical sites. You should help your children to learn more facts about the events and subjects that are not discussed in detail at school.
Do you want your kids to learn faster? If yes, then you should encourage them to ask you all kinds of questions that come to their minds.
The museum is a great place to teach children to ask thin and thick questions without feeling embarrassed. When kids see objects they have never seen before, they get curious and want to learn more. They start asking dozens of questions, and that’s a good thing.
If your kids are extremely curious and you can’t handle all of their questions, you can get professional assistance from a museum educator. That’s a great way to learn together with your children.
Build listening skills
Modern children tend to get distracted easily and drift in and out of the conversation. It can be extremely challenging to make them more focused and attentive.
If you want to fix the situation and help your kids to improve their listening skills, bring them to a museum. Qualified museum educators have lots of fascinating stories to tell, and they know how to explain complex subjects in simple words. They know how to encourage children to practice their active listening skills.
When it comes to imagination development, continual practice is needed. As a parent, it’s important to regularly encourage your children to dream, imagine and create.
Encourage your children to visit museums and participate in specialised museum activities, and you will fire their imagination. You will improve their aptitude for creative thinking and problem-solving.
Most museums offer engaging activities for kids and families. So, if you want your children to participate, check event schedules online, or call your local museum and ask about upcoming programmes.
Bring out the best in children
Your children should have an opportunity to learn outside the confines of the classroom to develop their best. They should visit museums to learn new things and develop new skills through enquiry, observation, dialogue and a direct physical relationship with objects and spaces.
Museum learning may or may not significantly improve the academic performance of your kids. But it will positively impact their cognitive ability, confidence, motivation, problem-solving and communication skills.
Inspire confidence in your child
Your children may doubt their own ability to learn new complex subjects and master certain skills. In turn, that can hold them back from trying new things and striving for success. Being a parent, you are responsible for explaining to your kids that they can acquire new skills, even if it seems challenging.
Here is what you can do to help your little learners. You can set a goal to learn a specific topic related to art, history, or nature, and go to the museum with your children to explore the topic thoroughly. You can prove that it’s possible to acquire literally any skill no matter how old you are and what skill set you have now.
There is no room for doubt – visits to museums can benefit your children a lot. So, don’t hesitate to bring your entire family to museums at least once a month and encourage them to learn more about history, art, and nature.
About the Author: Kristin Savage nourishes, sparks and empowers using the magic of a word. Along with pursuing her degree in Creative Writing, Kristin was gaining experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in marketing strategy for publishers and authors. Now she works as a freelance writer at TrustMyPaper and GrabMyEssay.