Normandale Preschool offers two STEM classes. Our Tuesday class meets from 1:00 - 3:00 pm and our Wednesday class meets from 12:30 - 3:00 pm. These classes are open to all 4 & 5 year old students.
What is STEM About?
STEM is an acronym. It was used originally by the US government to describe fields of study that helped immigrants get work visas: science, technology, engineering and math. Today, educators are linking these areas together in what is called STEM curriculum. Through their extensive work with children, The Boston Children’s Museum reminds us that when we break down the acronym into its parts, we see that early childhood programs practice STEM activities every day. Science activities include exploring water and sand, comparing and contrasting natural materials like rocks and soil, rolling balls across the room and looking through a magnifying glass to count how many legs are on the bug that was caught during outdoor play. Technology activities include computers, but also identifying simple machines like gears and wheels and pulleys. Engineering in preschool happens in the block area. There children are planning and designing structures every day with little teacher direction. Math activities include counting and matching shapes and making patterns. Measuring is easy too, especially with unit blocks where two of one size equal one of the next size up.
As You Can See:
· Preschool is the perfect time to cultivate positive attitudes
· Very young children are quite capable of doing science
· Preschoolers are natural scientists
· Preschool is the perfect time to develop science skills