Dec. 24, 2020
COVID-19 has presented a unique set of challenges, especially for families with small children. My family is
What is a cloud? Why do boats float? How does a car work? Young children have an innate ability to ask questions like this every day, in fact, researchers estimate that preschoolers ask an amazing 76 information-seeking questions per hour?! Since curiosity is at the heart of all innovation, the earlier we help children harness and direct their interest in exploring the world around them, the more motivated they will be to uncover the answers!
In addition, research shows that young children are especially receptive to STEM education, and according to the Center for Childhood Creativity, “even before a child’s first birthday, she is capable of making inferences, drawing conclusions about cause and effect, and reasoning about the probability of events.” If developed and encouraged, these skills can act as the foundation for the growth of abstract reasoning essential to excelling in any STEM-related field.
STEM is made-up of four disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, all of which are important for several reasons:
However, to provide the most effective STEM activities and instruction, this begins with the ACT OF PLAY!!
This week’s Family Connection experiences focus purely on easy-to-follow and implement STEM activities for each of the four disciplines and following you will find additional STEM-based learning experiences you and your child can enjoy together!
For more than thirty years, Fred Rogers beamed into homes from Atlanta to Anaheim, doing what was at the