Integrating STEM Learning in Early Childhood Education
Research has demonstrated time and time again that STEM learning in early childhood education is possible: young children can grasp relatively advanced concepts in the STEM curriculum. STEM stands for Science, technology, engineering and maths. In ways not fully comprehended by researchers, early development of STEM skills seems to translate to positive learning experiences later in life, in STEM, and in other areas like reading and language.
At present, though, it appears as if there is not enough attention being given to the instruction of STEM learning in early childhood education. According to research by the New America Research institute, less than 5% of time in early childhood education is dedicated to STEM learning. This may be because most childcare facilities do not have the resources necessary to teach the subjects.
Mastery of basic STEM skills at a young age seems to be particularly relevant for parents who are first generation migrants from non-English-speaking countries. When a language gap is present, universal concepts of maths and science hold great potential for opportunities later in life for children of migrant parents. These parents can help their children with STEM learning in early childhood education, but not literacy.
Children can and should learn STEM concepts relatively easily in an early childhood education setting. Whether its gardening, building forts, stacking blocks or lining up by height, children can engage in science, technology, engineering and math learning very early in life. Despite the current lack of time devoted to STEM work, parents and teachers want more in an early childhood setting.
Early childhood educators can indeed do more to assist children learn STEM topics during their preschool days. Parents’ confidence is their children’s first and most importance STEM guides. Teachers should rely on parents’ support when teaching STEM topics. Teachers can gain additional qualifications in science, maths and technology for the purposes of teaching. Finally, more STEM learning stations can be incorporated into an early childhood learning environment, says research.
At Star Academy Kids, we do everything we can to help children understand numerical concepts and more about the world of science. We encourage all of our parents to do the same in a home setting and ask you to encourage your children to perform logic based tasks and puzzles at home. STEM learning is so important and by giving our children the chance to learn these skills we prepare them.
At Star Kids Academy, all of our staff are trained to handle STEM teaching whenever it is appropriate. We have access to science and mathematical resources on site and are certified early childhood educators. If you’re looking to enrol your child in their early childhood education today, call us on 02 9591 7575 to arrange a site visit and to begin enrolment.