As our lives are becoming increasingly digitally driven, the chances are that your child will go into a career that is aligned with our evolving technology advancements.
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STEM careers, or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, are the biggest growing career sector in the world; you need to ensure that your child get a good grip on these skills before going to school.
In this blog we will focus on the Science aspect of STEM: how do children learn about science and how can you, as a parent, begin teaching and nurturing them into science skill development. The most important thing to remember is that kids learn best through having fun and in developing any STEM skills, you need to incorporate fun into all lessons.
Identifying and Categorize
Young kids learn easily through identification and categorizing; with small children start by showing the different between living and non-living creatures in their everyday lives. Once they have got the hang of this, you can start to teach them about the different kinds of living things. Split animals into groups such as mammals, reptiles, and fish. You child should learn about what makes up the different groups and learn to identify them on their own.
Children are incredibly inquisitive and one of the best ways to teach them about science is simply by getting out into nature. Take your child out into the garden or the park and teach them about animals, insects, soil, trees, and rocks; purchase your child some sort of insect house such as a worm farm and they will learn more than they ever would’ve from a boring text book.
Pictures and Imagination
Young children have great imaginations and more often than not they also love to draw. You can use this to help them learn STEM skills too; encourage your child to write down or draw pictures of the things that they have observed in the exercised above. This isn’t just great fun for them but also helps them to retain the information that they learnt.
As previously stated, children learn best through having fun and educational games are a great way to help your child to develop the necessary STEM skills. There are tons of fun educational games that will help your child further their science knowledge, and they could be anything from animal puzzles to building blocks.
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