STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Young children’s creativity, curiosity and persistence makes them natural scientists. There a many benefits to exposing your child to simple STEAM concepts at an early age:
- Early exposure to STEAM helps your child develop a positive attitude towards math and science, which in turn has a positive impact on their academic achievement once they reach elementary school
- Early exposure to STEAM results in less gender-based stereotypes in STEAM
- STEAM activities promote problem solving, creative thinking and analytical thinking
Many of the activities that your child does everyday already use STEAM skills, so exposing your child to STEAM doesn’t require things like drills or flashcards.
- Spark your child’s natural interest by exposing them to new materials and places, and allowing them to follow up on their own curiosity when they observe something new
- Ask open-ended questions to guide your child’s exploration. When you child is given the opportunity to communicate their thoughts and ideas, they are able to develop their own thinking. Open-ended questions can include:
- What are you curious about?
- What do you think will happen?
- What did you notice?
- Why do you think that happened?
- What do you see?
- What do you hear?