STEM is regarded as the future of the world. It’s important that all children develop a maker mindset. Since most school curriculums don’t incorporate STEM learning, here are some ways you can get your child excited about STEM yourself!
1. Cooking & Monopoly – Math is a subject a lot of students struggle with. So to get your child involved in it from an early stage, cook with them! It will teach them about understanding measurements and ratios and they will learn math in a camouflaged manner. Check out Dreme’s blog on “Easy Recipes That Will Get Your Family Talking about Math” for recipes for this purpose. Another way is to play games like monopoly and business so that they learn addition, subtraction and division through the financial components of games.
2. Encouraging their questions – Children are always asking “How?” or “what?” or “why?” So instead of shrugging these questions off, you should encourage them to find out the answers themselves! They can consult the internet, ‘Alexa’ or ‘Siri’. You can also get them a telescope or a magnifying glass, and help them think through the answers to their questions on their own, rather than answering them outright. Add books like “Thing Explainer” and “Ada Twist, Scientist” to their libraries, and draw their interest towards channels like “What if?” on YouTube to stimulate their curiosity. This practice will help them develop a mindset that thirsts for knowledge and are much more active in problem-solving.