If you’re looking for ways to supplement your child’s learning at home, you’re in the right place! Learning STEM at home doesn’t have to be overwhelming and difficult. In fact, it’s a lot easier than you probably think! Sometimes the hardest part is just getting started. So, I’ve come up with three simple ways to encourage STEM learning at home.
Gather supplies for your child and have them readily available. When those creative juices are flowing, kids don’t want to waste time searching the house for scissors and glue! Have a space where they can create or even just a drawer of supplies they can easily get to. Supplies don’t have to be anything fancy. Think popsicle sticks, rubber bands, clay, glue, balloons, tape. Things they can create and experiment with! (Check out this post for tips on organizing a creative space for kids).
The best part about STEM is there’s no wrong way to experiment, and there’s no limit to exploration. The more kids get encouragement and validation, the more they will want to continue. Praise them for their projects. Ask questions about it (try some of these open-ended questions and conversation points!). Most importantly, be positive. You’ll be amazed what a confident kid can accomplish.
In the real STEM world, people discuss their projects and ideas with their community. Do you know someone your child could talk to about their interests and hobbies? Try setting up a Zoom or FaceTime with that person. See if you can make a STEM study/play group with other children.
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That wasn’t so bad, right? STEM is all about experimenting and learning. If you need to experiment a bit with how to learn STEM at home, there’s no shame! These simple steps I shared with you will help boost your child’s confidence and provide an environment they feel comfortable learning and experimenting in.
If you feel ready to start and just need a nudge in the right direction, head over to The Winkle YouTube channel to see fun project ideas you can replicate at home! Keep an eye on Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates and activities!