Exploring STEM Subjects in the Home

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As a parent, you might have spotted the word STEM appearing from time to time, without actually understanding what it really means. STEM is basically an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths; four crucial subjects with regards to your child’s education. STEM subjects provide children with a range of key life skills that they can transfer through different aspects of their life, from solving problems to thinking critically. In addition, children who have a deeper interest in one or more of these subject areas will probably be faced with various excellent career opportunities when they grow up.

Teenage students learning and doing a chemical experiment and holding test tube in hands in the experiment laboratory class on table at school.Education concept

When it comes to exploring new concepts with your youngster, there’s no time like the present. You need to help your child come to terms with how each of the STEM subjects connect to one another, and why they play such a crucial role in the real world. The National Curriculum explores these subjects on some level, but parents should consider taking this one step further and work on them at home. I have teamed up with a prep school in Hertfordshire to share some advice on how to integrate STEM subjects into your home life, so that your children can further develop their skills.

There are opportunities to explore STEM in everything around us. For instance, when you’re out for a drive you can talk to your child about how the car works. When there’s stormy weather, you can discuss what causes the heavy rain. When you’re out for a walk, you can talk about the different trees, plants, animals and insects you spot on your journey. These are such simple conversations and once you get started it will start to come naturally. If you want to take it one step further, perhaps encourage your child to try out some simple science experiments with standard household items, like washing up liquid. For younger children, you could use water to demonstrate how some items float, some sink and some absorb the water and become soggy.

The trick is to make STEM subjects something that your child is familiar with so that when they’re in class, they feel less intimidated and more curious. If you’re struggling with some ideas, don’t be afraid to contact the school for some suggestions. They will be able to suggest age appropriate activities and resources to help your child with their learning.

 

 

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