The concept of STEM is based around four principles (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and uses hands on activities to challenge the child’s current level of thinking and past learning, by building on what they know, using positive encouragement and meaningful experiences.
There has been a significant correlation with programs recently, that embrace the concepts of STEM and cognitive development in children, which is why, we at Waterford West Education and Care Centre, have embraced the STEM curriculum into our programming this year, and would like to share with our families and friends the benefits of this way of learning for children at our service.
There are Three Major benefits to the concepts of STEM, including;
The First Major Benefit “Practical Knowledge They Can Use Now” includes:
Affects All Areas of Daily Life
The four disciplines that make up STEM have a place in everyday tasks. Having knowledge of how things work together to help our daily lives progress is important in educating a children. The program relies on presenting young children with materials and activities based on things they see daily.
Children who are exposed to this education early will do better in school
Young children are naturally curious and will ask more questions about the world around them as they develop more complex cognitive abilities. This characteristic has been shown to encourage a love of learning and to make learning more rewarding for children. STEM appeals to children’s innate curiosity, as teaching these topics is based on asking questions and encouraging discussion.
It’s a fun way to teach children essential life skills and facts
Teaching the four main concepts in a single program and in a way that appeals to children of all ages is easy due to the many engaging activities and interesting materials that can be used to help children acquire these skills, teaching the whole child, using their child’s current levels of thinking and past learning to extend new understandings. Educators give children a lot of positive encouragement and help build the child’s self-esteem. Many of the lessons and activities require that children work together, which helps develop their social skills.
The program can be tailored to accommodate all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels.
Children as young as three can engage in STEM activities using appropriate materials. The materials that we use are carefully selected to appeal to the children in each classroom while ensuring their safety.
As children develop and progress through their education, the importance of each subject becomes more pronounced. Older children are gradually given more complex materials and pieces to manipulate, and taught more complicated concepts.
The Second Major Benefit “Lifelong Benefits of Program” includes:
Acquiring professional skills
One of the benefits of the learning program is that young children learn skills and facts that are required across different areas of life. Science continues to have a role in helping us lead healthier lives, including how to eat better and stay safer. Knowledge of technology is now a basic requirement for any job. The same is true for engineering and essential mathematical reasoning ability. Having the ability to think critically and creatively about these topics can set them apart in their future careers.
The Third and Final Major Benefit “Parents Are Partners” includes:
Parents are partners in their child’s education
An important step in developing a great program is to keep parents informed about their children’s progress and how to reinforce learning at home. Our educators work hard to provide daily reflections to parents as well as make posts on facebook about what the children are learning to allow follow opportunities at home. At Waterford West Education and Care centre we embrace parents as partners in children’s learning and development.
For more information about our program please contact our centre director today!!!