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Encouraging STEM at Home

Schools are putting more and more emphasis on the importance of providing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education and activities in schools. These subjects allow kids to explore the world, solve problems, and teach them important skills that will help them in high school, college, and eventually the workforce. But STEM doesn’t have to just be taught in schools. There are plenty of ways for parents to help STEM come alive at home.Schools are putting more and more emphasis on the importance of providing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education and activities in schools. These subjects allow kids to explore the world, solve problems, and teach them important skills that will help them in high school, college, and eventually the workforce.

But STEM doesn’t have to just be taught in schools. There are plenty of ways for parents to help STEM come alive at home.

Encourage Questions

Kids are naturally curious. And as parents and educators, we’ve all experienced the stage of childhood when children seem to never, ever stop asking questions. As tiresome as that can be, encourage your kids to ask questions and find answers. Use Google, talk problems through, and help them think critically.

If your kids don’t ask a lot of questions, you can also share your knowledge with them. My husband works in a construction trade and is also super handy around the house – he can do everything from fix a motor to hang drywall to run electric. So he includes our kids a lot in whatever he’s working on. He lets them “help” and tries to answer their questions about how things work.

But you don’t have to be a STEM expert to help encourage your kids’ curiosity! Check out two of our blog posts, 10 Science Experiments That Will Blow Kids’ Minds and 30 Fun Facts to Wow Your Kids.

Explore the World

Kids find wonder in everything – they can look at rocks or leaves and find wonder in them. Parents can encourage this natural curiosity by exploring with their kids. Let them keep collections of their favorite things and take an interest when they find the most mundane everyday items.

Here is a list of fun and simple ways you can spend time with your kids exploring and learning.

  • Take a nature walk.
  • Bake a cake.
  • Grow something.
  • Watch nature, science, and discovery shows on television.
  • Visit a museum or science center.

Play Games

There are a number of great toys and games that help encourage a love of STEM, letting kids both learn and have fun. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorites below!

Check out Grantmamas’ STEM Pinterest page for more information on STEM in schools and at home.  Are your kids interested in STEM? How do you encourage them?

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