When a child begins learning about the world and how it works, it’s important to understand the concept of a sustainable society. The future depends on the capacity to thrive on the innovation of the modern workforce and that depends on the knowledge of STEM. Teaching a child early on about STEM and the arts will prepare them better for whatever they choose to do later in life.
So what is STEM? How are these concepts implemented in early education? STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math and is considered to be the building blocks of learning how to investigate ideas in a cause and effect setting. Math is the foundation of early education because after letters, numbers are the next things children learn. Math is also incorporated heavily in the arts, like in rhythmic music. A study performed by The Wolf Trap Institute and Fairfax County, VA Public Schools found rhythmic patterns were the most impactful and memorable tools used in classroom activities. In this video from the Wolf Trap Study, some of the teachers agreed that by incorporating the arts in STEM learning encouraged kids to bring math and science home.
When a child is passionate about learning it encourages them to seek out other open ended activities with what they’ve learned in school. Anything from building patterns with arts and crafts or constructing puzzles are proven to enhance STEM skills. There are multiple ways to create a fun learning experience that enforce the fundamentals of STEM, here are some of the best S.TE.M. toys for kids according to Modern Parents Messy Kids Gift Guide.