Walt Disney once famously said, “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” As human beings, as society and as a civilization we have progressed and moved forward because of a few among us who have wanted to keep pushing the boundaries, have asked questions no one else would have asked, looked for answers in places no one else would look and came up with solutions no one else would up with. It’s humbling to realize and acknowledge, that even these few individuals responsible for pushing the boundaries or making break through discoveries that have helped us move forward, did so by standing on shoulders of giants (discoveries of those few who came before them).
Kym Simoncini, Assistant Professor in Early Childhood and Primary Education, University of Canberra says, “We know that kids can develop complex understandings about the world around them with the right guidance from adults. Early experiences can set children up for later STEM learning. We want to design activities that help children to be confident and involved learners. We need children to feel that they can do STEM, as well as understand and speak the language of STEM.”
Research clearly tells us that parents who engage their kids from an early age (and engage often) tend to bring up kids who are more inquisitive about the environment around them and in most cases also tend to learn to speak / write / read a lot faster than other kids around them. So it’s quite evident that a combination of nature and nurture is responsible for who we are. The nurturing environments we create for ourselves, our kids and our families plays an important factor in shaping the minds of our kids. So as parents what we can do to help our kids with their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) learning journey. Are we all expected to be a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) expert or are there simple things we can all do without having to spend 100$ sending them to expensive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) workshops or going to one ourselves.
Kym goes on to suggest five things parents can to engage their kids and build an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).
- Encourage children to notice things
- Encourage kids to describe things they see and do
- Ask what rather than why questions
- Encourage kids to count using one to one correspondence
- Encourage kids to think about the space around them
You can read the entire article by Kym at – <Link>
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