To say I was a geek in high school is an understatement. I have four science and five math credits to prove it. I loved my math and science teachers most because they taught me the facts and figures I craved. It was a no-brainer when I went to college to earn my Early Education degree; Math and Science were my specialty areas. I also earned some spending money as a math tutor. While teaching fourth graders in an inner city school setting, I made sure my students knew their math facts by playing silly games and administering daily timed quizzes. At least once a week, we did some crazy sort of science experiment that went along with whatever we were learning about at the time. I had a few students tell me they didn't like science or math until I made it fun for them. That is what we, as parents, need to do to get our own children interested in learning — make it fun.
When my girls were born, I hoped one, if not both, of them would be as interested in these subjects as I am. My older daughter turned out to be my reader and writer. She was reading when she was 3 and has been writing stories since she was in first grade. She won an essay contest at 8. My younger one, thank goodness, is my math and science nut. She has always been the more curious one of the two. She would get a certain look in her eye whenever she was around something mechanical. Still does. I have discovered on more than one occasion a toy taken apart with the screws and inner parts thrown on the floor or the table. She wanted to figure out what made the dismantled object do the things it did. How could I get very mad at her? Although I wanted to throw a Mom fit at times, I knew she was just trying to figure out how the toy worked. I got what I wished for, I guess.
Kathy Vaughan is a member of the Fredericksburg Parent sales staff. She is a single mom to Becca, a tenth grader, and Sarah, a seventh grader. Fredericksburg has become her home of choice and she loves all the different opportunities for learning available in the area.