The very essence of STEAM learning is its hands-on, projects-based approach to learning. The multidisciplinary nature is also widely regarded as more relatable and relevant to real-world applications of these subjects.
In this digital day and age, digital literacy is gaining prominence as an essential skill. At the same time, educators have long recognised the benefits that the arts have on children’s development. Naturally, the next question is, why are not more people putting the two together?
We all know the advantages of reading – not only is it an essential component of literacy, but it also helps in building up vocabulary, improving writing skills, and providing new knowledge. But when it comes to developing a healthy reading habit in children, things are easier said than done. Having books around the house is just the first step – but the books don’t read themselves. Continue reading “4 Reading Goals To Get Your Child Excited About Reading”
Beyond the 3 R’s of education, another skill is quickly picking up steam as an in-demand quality: international-mindedness. Sometimes also called global-mindedness, this is something the IB programme is deeply focused upon. However, what exactly is international-mindedness? How do we know we are helping our children grow up to be international-minded?
Critical thinking is important. Schools need to develop critical thinking in our next generation of people. Educators around the world agree that critical thinking is increasingly crucial, especially in a time where we look to problem-solvers, innovators, and discerning leaders as the future of humankind. Amidst a world saturated with information and misinformation, even the ordinary man needs a healthy ounce of critical thinking to navigate this earth responsibly.
The journey matters more than the destination – as with most things in life, this is also true when it comes to children and art. While some of us get hung up on making a perfect piece of art, focusing on the process often reaps far more benefits. For children, as well, the act of engaging and experimenting with art is what truly drives learning.
STEAM is best experienced hands-on, and many wonderful schools provide children with plenty of opportunities to do so. But if you think STEAM activities are only reserved for school projects, you might want to think again. In fact, you don’t need complicated activities or a whole lot of materials to get started. Right at home, your kitchen is one of the best places to start.
Recent events in the US have ignited a worldwide conversation on the issue of racism. Even here in Singapore, race is a highly relevant issue that permeates various levels of society, seeing that the island-state is densely populated with people of various races. But when it comes to the next generation, how much do our kids know about racism? If we want to seek change, how can we educate our children regarding these issues?
With a bit more time on their hands during the circuit breaker period, many people had turned to picking up new hobbies and skills. Perhaps your child had shown interest in picking up a new instrument, or have become more passionate than ever about singing.
Learning how to read is an important milestone for children. However, far from being just an essential skill along with the likes of writing and numeracy skills, it is also superbly beneficial as a door that leads to much more learning.