Toys are no longer just objects to entertain our little ones. The kind of toys a child plays with has a huge impact on his development. A lot of toys come with an age-appropriate tag and there is a strong reason behind it. Learning and educational toys should be introduced to a child so that the child can learn a thing along with having fun at the same time.I recently got to know about STEM education and how is it important for our children. That is exactly what I wanted to share with you all.
What is STEM EDUCATION?
STEM education integrates concepts that are usually taught as separate subjects in different classes and emphasizes the application of knowledge to real-life situations. A unit in a STEM class is typically based around finding a solution to a real-world problem and tends to emphasize project-based learning. A variation of STEM is STEAM, which includes an ‘A’ for art and design. Artistic design is becoming an important part of STEM education since creativity is an essential part of innovation. Many STEM lessons involve simulated situations. A good STEM lesson ensures that students understand the connection to the real world.
S – SCIENCE
T – TECHNOLOGY
E – ENGINEERING
M – MATHEMATICS
How can we introduce the concept of STEM education to early learners?
The most important thing to remember about teaching STEM to early learners is that they are perfectly adapted to learn STEM concepts, and it is not difficult to teach STEM to young children. The secret is to tap into their natural and innate curiosity about the living world. By simply allowing them to investigate, by encouraging them to ask questions about the real world, you are engaging children in STEM.
How can Skola help?
Skola helps in Pre-STEM learning i.e- prepares a child for STEM learning. Skola’s ultimate purpose is to improve fine motor skills which certainly helps to engineer, but more importantly using fingers helps children think clearly and enhances concentration and cognitive ability which is directly a STEM requirement.
The perfect example of stem toys from skola are the cascade cars that help a child to understand cause and effect. This is where a child is exposed to science. It helps a child to register, process and comprehend. Learning and development take place while the child is exposed to such toys.
Colour wheels encourage children to use fingers to rotate wheels and then find the matching colours which involve an examination, observation analysis and discovery. This process is true for all Skola Toys and hence creates thinkers.
If you too are a new parent and on the lookout for good quality educational toys, I’d suggest you check SKOLA TOYS
They have an entire collection dedicated to LEARNING TOYS that also contribute early education.
Don’t forget to check out my previous post on THE GIFT OF LEARNING