Recalling a conversation I had with my kid when she was just entering middle school, I remembered stressing on the importance of finding your way so that you are prepared to navigate high school and then college with ease. However, one thing which I failed to emphasize was the importance of STEM education. While allowing my little princess to choose her own path is fine by me, I still feel little girls and boys should develop an interest in STEM education, which is only possible with early exposure.
Let’s talk about the importance of early STEM education in building your child’s cognitive and career building, right here, right now. Experts in education, national security and industry all agree on the growing significance of students having a comprehensive understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). In 2007, a well-known group of researchers, private and public leaders concluded in a Carnegie Foundation commission how the nation’s capacity for innovation and survival in the current advanced workforce is dependent on the base of science and math learning. They stated that a vibrant, sustained democracy is in a dire need for this STEM building, especially in children. Many teachers and parents, including perhaps yourself, may be unsure of the correct age to start teaching children the education of STEM, and the appropriate way of implementing the concepts into early childhood. It is obvious that the answer is: the earlier, the better, and the most appropriate way to implement STEM learning in your child or student’s life is to let them experience it through nature. Allowing your children to experiment with nature, i.e. touching leaves, observing spiders and sunsets, listening to waterfalls, all help them investigate the natural world around them and assist in learning all about the universe’s mechanics, well, gradually. Similarly, when children are taught STEM the academic way, they learn to break free from the typical instructional world of education and go about their way investigating, playing and yearning for more knowledge. The key factor to take into consideration when teaching STEM to early learners is they are ideally adapted to grasp STEM concepts, so you do not have to shy away assuming it is difficult to teach young children the complex laws of science and technology. Help them find math, science and technology in the daily workings of life, on TV and in the garden. The secret is to tap into their potential and natural innate curiosity to awaken the hidden scientist, mathematician, technologist and engineer. By simply letting your children investigate the wonders of nature on their own, both at home and in school, you are unleashing their hidden strength and intelligence at a young age, allowing them to investigate and encouraging them to ask questions about the real world. Do not think STEM education means that your young one should be locked away in his room, with thick math books open in front, but it is the simple learning of nature that the child will find his way to contributing to the world though his intelligence, insight and skills later in life.
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