Preschool Children's Readiness for STEM education
There are many studies that display the benefits of STEM education. At IE, children get the opportunity to tap into their natural curiosity and this gives them enough opportunity to be actively involved in their own learning. They will also explore, solve problems, and develop their curious minds. Research indicates that the best practice in early childhood education is to break away from passive instruction and allow for more play and investigation. Being exposed to this kind of learning early in life builds skills and interests that serve children throughout their school years, and later in life. Lilian G. Katz, in STEM in the Early Years, lays out a case that the best practice for early education is to allow students to be active, engaged, and take initiative in their own learning. Long-term research also indicates that being allowed opportunities to take initiative in your own learning is not only good for STEM learning, but for overall long-term academic success (Sneideman, 2013). At Innovation & Exploration, STEM is our core focus but we will also cover all the areas of development so young children can get the best experience. To learn more about young children’s readiness and the importance of STEM at an early age, check out the article below.
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