STEM is a way of thinking about how educators at all levels – including parents -should be helping students integrate knowledge across disciplines, encouraging them to think in a more connected and holistic way.
Raising awareness of STEM education needs at middle and high schools, early childhood specialists focuses on STEM in the early years of education as well. We at Whizzkids focus on building a highly qualified STEM workforce; the teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM, which fuels STEM education curriculum and instructional program development. Children are naturally curious yet this is often dampened through overly structured approaches. Many of the skills of inquiry can be developed very early in children’s development, and we encourage inquiry based learning.
Our approach is to engage children in an in-depth study of a topic of real world investigations which include conversations, written stories and webs; Using a variety of media like drawing, painting, sculpture, models, writing captions and signs, constructions and play environments, drama and musical expressions.
Focus on Reading & Numeracy
Literacy and numeracy are essential skills for all children to develop, without them modern life becomes almost impossible. the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) strongly reminds us, the foundations of literacy and numeracy are laid well before formal schooling starts:
Positive attitudes and competencies in literacy and numeracy are essential for children’s successful learning. The foundations for these competencies are built in early childhood.
We at Whizzkids take responsibility to incorporate literacy and numeracy into our programs, but to do so in a way that is in keeping with the principles and practices of early childhood learning. In the early childhood classroom, literacy and numeracy learning is more incidental than structured which means the environments rich in language and mathematics without the need for direct instruction. Therefore, we create rich environments that support both early literacy and numeracy skill development.
Whizzkids believe in hands-on learning which means the children are active learners throughout the day, exploring with materials, learning by doing, moving throughout the classroom, and interacting with one another. The teacher acts as a facilitator – not by telling the children what to do with the materials – but by asking questions that challenge & encourage them to use the material in new and creative ways.
Imagine teaching someone to ride a bicycle. You can try and teach them in a classroom, but to actually learn, they need to go out and actually ride it. Hands-on learning allows students to directly take on board and understand what is happening, or how to do something.
Hands on is Minds on!