Exploring STEM Subjects With Your Child

STEM plays an integral role in teaching children about the world around them. The acronym is short for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. STEM subjects offer an explanation as to why the world is the way that it is and fuels a love for learning, experimenting and innovation. 

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To help your child in each of these areas, here is a list of teaching ideas that were shared by a Surrey private school.

How STEM Fits into Everyday Life

One way to explore STEM with children is through real life examples and there are plenty that we come across in our day to day life. When we fall ill for example, it’s the result of pathogens and those that are bacterial can be treated with a course of antibiotics. Although, they must be taken correctly to prevent antibiotic resistance.

Get Creating

Similarly, you can give children the opportunity to create inventions of their own. That might be a model volcano, circuit, or whacky recipes they’ve come up with. Learning through play makes for the best learning experience. 

Practice Makes Perfect

Maths is one of the most important subjects at school and many other subjects rely on it to a certain degree, like science and technology. The key to helping your child make progress in maths is practice. Outside of the homework that they will be expected to do anyway, spend some time with your child to carry out home learning activities. Look for fun everyday maths activities to apply what they have learnt, like cooking where they will need to use operations like weighing, addition and subtraction.

Pique Their Interest

There is so much of the world that we have not yet discovered. In fact, 80% of the sea is still unexplored. The same is so for space. While we’ve made significant progress in space exploration, there is so much that we are still yet to learn about the universe and its solar systems. To put things into perspective and your child's interest, there are a ton of documentaries that you can watch together and museums where they can explore the work that’s been done so far.

These are just a few of the ways that you can explore STEM with your child. When planning any sort of at home learning, the key is to make it fun and entertaining. Using what you know about your child and what they like, you may even be able to come up with a few ideas of your own. For more parenting content, take a look at my other blog posts.

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