When visitors learn that The Amazing Explorers Academy utilizes a STEAM-based curriculum in its prekindergarten and daycare programs, the first question they usually ask is, “What is STEAM?”
STEAM is an acronym that stands for “Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics”, which form the core around which all of our early childhood education programs are focused. This almost invariably leads to the question, “Wait, aren’t these concepts too advanced for the minds of young children?”
The answer is an unqualified: “No.”
STEAM Is All Around Us
The fact of the matter is that the concepts included in The Amazing Explorers Academy STEAM curriculum are actually part of our everyday life. They don’t necessarily focus on advanced or complicated concepts like architectural design or the technical aspects of how computers work.
Instead, STEAM learning includes things like shapes, filling and emptying containers of different sizes, and combining different colored paints to form new colors. These are lessons that are taught in a fun and interactive way such as building “forts” out of cardboard boxes, or pouring liquids and other materials in and out of containers of different sizes.
Children’s everyday activities require them to use STEAM-based skills even if we don’t always think of them in that way.
Loving to Learn
The Amazing Explorers Academy encourages children to develop a lifelong love of learning even at a very early age. We provide learning opportunities and materials that support discovery and exploration. And all of our STEAM-based learnings are interactive, exploration-based, and highly enjoyable for kids.
Plus, when children share the experience of learning and discovery with other children their own age, it fosters social skills, language development, and building interpersonal relationships that can be sustained throughout their entire lives.
STEAM may sound intimidating at first, but it’s really not. It simply describes the fun, interactive, and discovery-based learning tools we use to help children learn to love learning itself.