Math is everywhere. Concepts such as counting, sorting and time are involved in pretty much everything we do. That’s great news for parents, because we have lots of opportunities to give our little ones a head start and get them comfortable with math at an early age.
You see these acronyms everywhere but what do they really mean? It seems like now-a-days educators are always talking about STEM, STEAM, STREAM and with good reason. The importance of STEM is to educate and prepare children in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Education doesn’t have to be constrained by traditional learning. Activities promoting creative expression are a great way to expand your child’s curiosity and cultivate their imagination. Encouraging children to communicate through movement, visuals and through sounds and words is an essential developmental tool that can make learning FUN for your child.
We've teamed up with United Mechanical to launch "Helping Our Mini Engineers," or "HOME," to teach pre-schoolers about STEM fields. Southwest Florida children will now get the chance to learn about mechanical, electrical and plumbing concepts and careers.
It seems like educators everywhere are talking about STEM, and with good reason. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are growing at 17%, and research shows that STEM degree holders have a higher income even in non-STEM careers…but what is STEM, anyway?
United Mechanical, Inc., a Child Care of Southwest Florida corporate partner, recently returned to the Joseph H. Messina Children’s Center to launch “Helping Our Mini Engineers (HOME),” a brand-new STEM initiative to develop an understanding and appreciation
It’s the first day of spring, so what better time to introduce children to the concept of how things grow? Check out this engaging, hands-on activity from Community Playthings that teaches kids how to observe the process of germination by planting seeds and watching them grow.
Did you miss International Mud Day?—or did you enjoy the benefits of International Mud Day and want to recreate it at home? Here are four activities to try in your own backyard—from least messy to messiest!
On June 29th, 2016 the many centers associated with Child Care of Southwest Florida participated in International Mud Day! This fun and amazing day creates an environment for early learners to arrive prepared in messy clothes and begin and end their days by playing in the mud any way they wish.
Interested in introducing your early learner to play-based STEM activities? See below for six websites offering activities in math, science, and engineering (we’re saving tech for later!):
With growing awareness of healthy eating and the value of fresh foods, more and more families and schools are choosing to grow their own gardens for extra food and extra beauty. But did you know that gardening can help early learners develop key skills and knowledge about nature and introduce them to the biological branches of the STEM field?
Project-based learning, or learning activities that take place over extended periods of time, have generally been associated with middle school and high school courses. For instance, many high school science classes’ genetic units involve students breeding fruit flies for certain traits.
Here are four more easy experiments to try with your older early learner!
Whew! There are some complicated science crafts out there! I quizzed my friends, co-workers, and relatives for the best and easiest science-related crafts that they do with their early learners.
In my work with early learners to college students, I consistently find a knowledge gap with students—money. Although students in pre-kindergarten (and even some three-year-olds!) and older can identify pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters, many struggle with the concept of money in the abstract.
In my career I've worked with countless students, Pre-K through adult, who are led to believe that they’ll never understand or be skilled at math because they like reading better, or vice versa. In a world of standardized testing, it’s easy to see how students can come to feel this way.
Just because your child isn’t reading yet doesn’t mean he or she can’t gain a wealth of information from books! So put on their pajamas, cuddle up, and settle into a good book. Preschool and Kindergarten aged children are ready to be introduced to the world of reading through any classical, modern, funny, moral, and colorfully illustrated books you can provide for them. Below are some of our favorites: