The acronym STREAMS helps us remember to cover diverse subject matters while teaching children. STREAMS = Science, Technology, Reading (&wRiting), Engineering, Arts, Mathematics (&Music), Social Studies (&hiStory). Some want to add more subjects to the list of required courses such as physical education, health, safety, character building, home economics and other electives…
Some want to limit courses believing only STEM needs to be our priority. We indeed need to prioritize certain technological skills sets in these changing times, but we also need to remember that some students don’t process information as well on their left side of the brain… Some aren’t analytical / methodical thinkers, but rather use their creative right brains to learn.
The STEM curriculum focus was created to build up our technological work force, but we still need other skills sets to run the world. We need skilled laborers to continue fixing up the world as baby boomers are retiring. We need teachers that teach about the past, not just future technologies. We need to build up a workforce of people who can use both sides of their brain!
The left side is said to be more logical, while controlling the right side of the body. The right side coordinates the left side of the body, while being creatively focused. Instead of focusing on right vs left brain or strengths vs struggles – focus on teaching a love for learning. Teach kids by engaging them in interesting hands on lessons. Teach through themes they are curious about.
Recent world studies built a curiosity for travel and transportation, which led to curiosity about traveling world wide and outta this world! Using Mother Goose Time’s pre-packaged curriculum little learners were introduced to space concepts, while older students expanded on the theme. Last week transportation studies went from cars, trains, boats and planes – to rockets and astronauts.
Students learned about astronomers and learned how they can research space travels while on earth through telescopes! They are excited to continue our SPACE STATION activities next week. As we continue to lesson plan for spring and summer adventures feel free to email Christi@MiFamilies to ask about our programs. Mi Families (“my families”) facilitates “education through recreation” programs for all ages!
Mi Families offers programs for families and those who work with families through provider trainings, parent workshops, family events, homeschool courses, elementary tutoring, child care … To network with Mi Team or members find us on LinkedIN, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest… For more information visit www.MiFamilies.com. For MGT’s space curriculum (or other themes) visit www.Mother GooseTime.com