Dec. 24, 2020
The summer is passing quickly, and the anxiety associated with going back to the classroom is at the
If you are among the many parents who were propelled into the role of a full-time teacher of little learners this spring, we know you need a break. Unfortunately, taking the summer off, isn’t an option. Research shows that continual learning is the best way to keep young minds engaged and progressing. So, don’t stop planting little seeds. They can help reap a lifelong desire for knowledge and learning.
Vince Gowmon said, “Play is the shortest route between children and their creative calling.” Providing play opportunities around STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) is a great way to encourage interest in these subjects during formative years. Doing so can expand career opportunities down the road. If you think some of these subjects are too lofty for young children to grasp, think again. Let’s look at why each subject is important.
STEAM for early learners
Start early promotes investigation and experimentation, and it emphasizes the importance of asking and answering questions.
Technology uses tools to explore, observe, and measure. A tool can be as simple as a crayon, pencil or ruler — or as complex as a tablet or microscope.
Engineering identifies a problem and searches for constructive solutions.
Art encourages creativity and individuality and promotes expression. It can also be used to illustrate other concepts children are learning.
Mathematics deals not just with numbers, but also with organizational skills, patterns, shapes, and more.
Here are seven ways to introduce your preschooler to STEAM, in a thoughtful and easy way. Of course, when outdoors or in public spaces, be sure to wear a mask to stay safe and healthy!
Each day can and should be a learning experience for children! You are probably already engaging in STEAM activities with your child throughout the day. With a little intention, you can easily convert them into learning opportunities. The possibilities are endless!