STEM Stands for : Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Little Scholar Preschool curriculum is designed to practice STEM activities in everyday with an aim to expand children's intellectual capacity.
How we include STEM in our curriculum ?
Designing brain - building experiences for children such as using Engineering concepts to use variety of material ( clay, sand, plastic) and designing things that work. Use Technology and Maths to invent things, explore shapes, understand sequencing and geometric concepts.
Including STEM in everyday actives like play time and circle time. An example how STEM actives can be included in preschooler's day ( Topic of the day will be selected, for our example, topic can be Vegetables and Fruits): During free play time - books can be provided on fruits and vegetables (Science), sorting or counting games can be played with plastic vegetables (Maths), a project can be created to design and build a market place where whole class can divide the work ( Engineering and Technology).
Encouraging inquiry and exploration. Children by nature are curious and inquiry/exploration are fundamentals of all sciences. Little Scholar curriculum includes subjects like Earth and Space science ( exploring properties of earth, ocean universe and more ), Physical science ( investigating natural forces) Life science ( studying life cycles, how they change)
Design and build projects are integral part of Little Scholar curriculum. Technology and Engineering involves finding out things are constructed and work, thinking about what can make them work better or different. Children will begin to develop concepts in engineering as they design, build and test solution through play- as they construct sand castles, build block cities. They also begin to understand how tools work and help.