STEAM become a hot topic in the world of education and in the business community, but what does STEAM have to do with your preschooler?
What is STEAM?
STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math, and all of these are important to include in a preschooler’s education. In some ways they seem lofty, but be assured, they are not. In fact, young chidlren, even so young as toddlers, not only have a natural curiosity for STEAM, but they are also good at it! Preschoolers need time and exposure to science, technology, engineering, art and math to develop a strong foundation for future learning by exploring STEAM skills and concepts through play and discussion, then applying those skills through more play.
Important Facts About STEAM Education
- Science encourages curiosity, investigation, answering questions, and problem solving, often involving experimentation and exploration.
- Technology refers to using simple tools like crayons and rulers, as well as more complex ones like microscopes and computers.
- Engineering is recognizing problems and devising and testing solutions.
- Art encourages creativity and process development, as well as allow children to illustrate concepts they are learning.
- Mathematics deals with numbers, but also patterns, shapes, organizational skills like graphing and sorting and much more.
Activities that support STEAM topics
There are so many amazing STEAM activities that are absolutely appropriate for preschoolers. Check out these ideas:
Why should young children learn STEAM subjects?
STEAM isn’t just the next buzz word in early childhood education. It’s a term that will stay, as our modern world requires the general population to know more in the STEAM fields. And STEAM teaches children skills that are not related to core content, such as working with others, perseverance and diligent, creativity and ingenuity.
Here’s what parents and preschool teachers should know about STEAM:
They can be learned. Children have the ability to learn foundational concepts in these subjects at a very young age. Preschools and other child care providers should nurture STEAM skills and concepts early on and build on them through ongoing opportunities within guided play and small group teaching.
They are useful. The skills children learn when engaging with STEAM concepts are transferable and useful across many aspects of their lives. For example, process skills, whether learned in art, science or math, are basic skills that can be used in any subject area and in everyday life.
They are in demand. Jobs in STEAM are already in high demand right now, so imagine what options your child will have in 20 years. One thing is certain, skills in science, technology, engineering, and math will be increasingly important.