Editor’s note: Little Medical School of Central Illinois is a sponsor of Chambanamoms.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted ways healthcare workers are truly heroes — selfless, hard-working and brave. Are your children excited or inspired by our healthcare heroes? Maybe you are looking for some hands-on science activities to supplement their learning. Many children are eager to learn more about science, medicine, or animals but may lack the access to be able to ask children-sized questions in an adult world.
If you are fortunate to know people in the medical or animal sciences profession, you may be able to have them talk to your kids about their jobs. Otherwise, here are some ways to engage and inspire them to explore these types of in-demand, exciting and well-paying professions.
- Make it fun! Many children learn through play and hands-on activities. If they can pretend to be a doctor, nurse or veterinarian, they can better understand what they might do in those professions.
- Dress Up! Putting on costumes helps little imaginations.
- Use real working medical equipment! Children can better see themselves in the role using real tools rather than plastic toys.
Still looking for more? Little Medical School is now offered in Central Illinois with classes for kids ages 6-11 to inspire them to become future science workers in these caring fields. It was founded in 2010 by Dr. Mary Mason to teach children about becoming a doctor. Over the past 10 years, the company has developed additional content regarding nursing, pharmacy, veterinarian, sports medicine, exotic animal care and more. Classes also teach children healthy habits, first aid tips, and what to do if an emergency arises.
Little Medical School classes have typically been delivered in person in small groups either in after-school programs, birthday parties, or camps. Parents.com recently listed Little Medical School courses in their article “16 Virtual After-School Programs To Keep Kids Engaged When the Learning Day is Done.”
This fall, Little Medical School developed classes that can be delivered with a live teacher via Zoom. Supplies are shipped directly to your home. Register NOW for September and October online classes. September courses will consist of the Little Veterinarian School and October’s class will focus on the Little Pediatrician School.
The first four participants to register will receive a 20 percent discount off the regular price of each admission. Register HERE.