Hey there parents! It's Amy Whoa Disco Wellness, and I'm here to talk about introducing your child to STEAM. As a loving auntie and a wellness enthusiast, I believe that it's crucial to encourage your child's curiosity and creativity from an early age, and STEAM is a great way to do just that.
I remember learning about my body from the game “Operation” which gave the players a look inside the body to the bones and organs. It was fun (albeit a little stressful) and interactive. Games and technology have come such a long way since the 80’s, making STEAM education more readily available, but could be intimidating if you don’t know where to start.
So let’s address that AND get you some inspiration to get on the STEAM train with your kiddos!
First things first, what is STEAM?
STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. It's a holistic approach to education that emphasizes problem-solving, critical thinking, and creativity. And trust me, it's never too early to start introducing your child to these concepts.
Now, I know that some parents might be intimidated by the idea of teaching their child about STEAM. But don't worry, you don't need to be a biologist or a mathematician to do so.
What you need to know about introducing your child to STEAM:
1. It's Never Too Early to Start
Kids are naturally curious, and their brains are like sponges, soaking up information at a rapid pace. That's why it's never too early to start introducing your child to STEAM concepts. Even if your child is still in preschool, you can start by doing simple experiments at home, like mixing colors to create new ones or building towers out of blocks.
As your child gets older, you can introduce more complex concepts, like coding, robotics, or physics. The key is to make learning fun and engaging, so your child naturally explores more of whatever gets them excited.
2. Encourage Creativity
One of the best things about STEAM education is that it inspires creativity. Kids are encouraged to think outside the box, experiment with different solutions, and come up with their own ideas. This can be incredibly empowering for children, as it gives them a sense of ownership over their learning.
Encourage your child to be creative by giving them open-ended projects to work on. For example, you could challenge them to build a visual representation of how a body system works, like the respiratory system/breathing.
4. Know Your Little’s Learning Style
There are four main learning styles:
- Visual (learn through seeing…most children are visual learners)
- Auditory (learn through hearing)
- Tactile (learn through touch)
- Kinesthetic (learn through doing and moving)
The best way to learn about your child's learning style is to observe what they are doing. Actions, interests, and preferences will provide information about how they process information.
5. Make it a family affair
Finally, it's important to remember that STEAM education isn't just for kids. Parents can get in on the fun too! By participating in STEAM activities as a family, you can strengthen your bond with your child while also learning something new.
Consider setting aside a regular time each week for STEAM activities, like a family science night or a body system challenge. This will give your child something to look forward to, and it will help them see that learning is a lifelong journey that everyone can enjoy.
Where to Start
Know Yourself makes this part a no-brainer! You can pick up any book or toy for your family night learning party! Here are some suggestions to get you startedBook 1: Bones of the Hand Arm, and Shoulder and The Brain Functions Coloring Series.
In conclusion, introducing your child to STEAM education can be an incredibly rewarding experience for both you and your child. By starting early, encouraging creativity, and making it a family affair, you can set your child up for a lifetime of learning and exploration. So go ahead, get started on your STEAM journey today!
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This in-depth exploration of the human hand, arm, and shoulder is guided by Dr. Bonyfide, Pinky Le Darpals, and his friends as they help develop a lifelong love for science, an appreciation for one's body, and starts the path to learning to Know Yourself.