We are coming up on our dinosaur unit! What are the benefits of learning about dinosaurs?
- It sparks curiosity and imagination
When fossils were first discovered by humans, people had to use their imaginations to explain their findings. People drew conclusions that dinosaur bones belonged to giants or monsters, according to the American Museum of Natural History. Studying dinosaur fossils encourages children to imagine a world very different from their own.Through the study of dinosaurs, children connect to the timeless human endeavor to understand what life was like before us. They learn how to explore the unknown.
Their mind opens up to new possibilities. Learning about dinosaurs is a great way to spark and encourage a child’s imagination and growth.
- Dinosaurs are an introduction to other science subjects.
The discovery of dinosaur fossils has led to questions about what Earth was like long before humans existed and how the Earth has changed since the Mesozoic Era.
Attempting to gather evidence and answer some of these questions teaches us about other scientific concepts including plate tectonics and biogeography. When your child learns about dinosaurs, they will also be learning a lot about earth science.
Research on dinosaurs also gives us more information about different ecosystems. Learning about the extinction of dinosaurs and the way dinosaurs teaches your child about how science plays a role in extinction, evolution, and the biodiversity of the earth both in the past and in the present.
- Increases confidence and learning skills
Have you ever tried pronouncing or memorizing the many names of dinosaurs? In two languages? Some of the names are difficult to pronounce, let alone remember. It is incredible how some children are able to retain vocabulary when they are learning about a topic they are interested in. This increases children’s self-confidence in their ability to learn and retain information.
A 2008 study cited by Morgan found that children who have intense interests benefit from better attention spans, deeper information processing skills, and increased knowledge.
To check out what we will be learning per program please go here: