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Exploring STEM Subjects with Your Child

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STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths; four major subjects that lead to fantastic career options for young people. With that said, it’s important for parents to explore STEM subjects with their children to open up a world of opportunities for them as they grow up and generally just support their general learning and development. I have teamed up with a prep school in Hampshire to offer some tips and help you get started.

There’s no time like the present to start exploring STEM subjects, even if your child is very young. There are lots of STEM toys on the market to help stimulate your child’s curiosity and academic journey, but you don’t necessarily have to buy anything to help your child with their learning. Even something as simple as taking a walk can be educational if you find a way. For instance, you can talk about how the trees and plants around you are affected by the weather and the changing seasons and why that happens in the first place. 

If your child enjoys cooking or baking with you, use this as an opportunity to have a fun STEM lesson. This type of activity will help your child with their reading and numeracy skills, as they read instructions and measure out ingredients. You can also turn it into a science lessons and talk about what happens to the items when they enter the oven, and why it cannot be reversed. Try out some simple and safe experiments at home with normal household items. For example, you could demonstrate a chemical reaction with white vinegar and bicarbonate of soda or show your child what happens to a dirty penny if it has been left in a glass of coke for a while. 

There are learning opportunities for children in almost everything around us. Even if they simply want to relax and watch TV,  you could put a documentary on for them. The more they are able to look at learning in a positive light and see how fun it can be, the more likely they are to succeed in school.


Exploring STEM Subjects with Your Child

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