Full STEAM Ahead!
investigation, exploration and discovery
STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. Attending Full STEAM Ahead will provide your child the opportunity to investigate, and they will experience the satisfaction that can come from exploration, discovery and solving problems while learning new STEAM skills and theories.
Early play with math ideas and concepts lays the foundation for the development of more complex math and science skills later on. Full STEAM Ahead allows for development of language/social skills, as we work together in groups and most lessons are accompanied with a book or song.
In Full STEAM Ahead we keep a ‘Growth Mindset’ (“I can always improve”, “I’m on the right track”, “I can keep trying things, even when it’s hard”, “This may take some time and effort”, “I can build on previous ideas”, “I haven’t solved the problem- Yet!”). We do not model how to do something, such as, “watch me and do this”; however, we provide guiding questions and show the students ‘tricks’ if they are struggling. Children become familiar with the steps involved in solving problems. This includes thinking out loud, and using STEAM language, such as ‘brainstorm’, ‘observe’, ‘explore’,‘predict’, ‘experiment’, etc.
Children are naturally curious little scientists, so most importantly, Full STEAM Ahead, is a lot of FUN!
STEAM will be incorporated into our Enrichment Program in 2022-23 for our 4 year old students.