How to Educate Children in the Museum

A museum is a place where historical artifacts are displayed showing a period of history and culture. But normally children are not interested in museum exhibition and run around in the exhibition hall. So how can we make good use of these exhibitions to allow children to study in the museum? Here are 3 main steps.

 

Step 1: Interest is more important than knowledge

The first time when children visit a museum, the only thing parents have to do is renting a voice interpreter for their children and let them follow their interest to visit the museum. Most of the children are interested in dinosaurs so you may see them walking in front of the dinosaurs and trying to touch them.

Parents may ask how they can guide and explain to their children. Actually, parents only need to explore and discuss with their children as a peer when they ask for help. The most important thing is that parents should encourage children to discuss and come up with their own opinions instead of judging them.

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Step 2: Explore with children in the museum

When exploring with children in the museum, parents should discuss with their children in a targeted manner about children’s problems or a specific topic. Parents should encourage children to analyze the problems horizontally and vertically in order to achieve a deeper level of understanding.

For example, if children are interested in the name of dinosaurs, parents can search for the information about the name of dinosaurs. And parents and children can compare different names in the museum and understand the naming method.

In this process, it is not necessary to use our inherent thoughts to explain and analyze to the children. Try to ask children to put forward his own understanding and help children demonstrate their point of view to get their own judgment.

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Step 3: Encourage children to judge the knowledge

For museums or history, we cannot blindly believe it. After all, none of us is a witness of all historical stages and events. Any period of history is a kind of conjecture based on existing discoveries and theories. Even if we experience a piece of history, due to the one-sidedness of information and the subjectivity of people there will be deviations.

So parents should encourage children to discover and judge the knowledge they get in the museum. Encourage children to talk about their points of view and reasons to cultivate children’s thinking ability and rigor. If possible, let children record and summarize their thoughts each time, or draw their own ideas into pictures.

In short, the museum is a good way to educate children, and what we have to do is learn how to use it. In the museum, children can learn knowledge and we also can cultivate them the thinking ability. There will be mistakes in the museum too so we don’t have to stick to the knowledge displayed there. People can explore and also challenge the knowledge with children in the museum based on the scientific and objective attitude.

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