STEM activities at The Ivy Preparatory School
Searching for answers
Trying things out
Play is a child’s work. There is a pattern of natural play behaviors that help prepare children for scientific study and thinking. We actively encourage play behaviors with rich STEM activities that are intentionally integrated within the activities presented to the children. Children are naturally curious. While playing, they cooperate and work together while practicing and learning essential skills like: problem solving, sorting, observing, classifying, experimenting, predicting, drawing conclusions, connecting knowledge and communicating their ideas.
The experts agree; young children are motivated to explore the world around them, and early science experiences capitalize on this inclination (French, 2004). Developmentally appropriate engagement with quality science learning experiences is vital to help children understand the world, collect and organize information, apply and test ideas, and develop positive attitudes toward science (Eshach & Fried, 2005).
Young children need and benefit from quality hands-on science experiences that are related to their real life experiences. You can see the scientific process in action at The Ivy in the classrooms, in the hallways, on the playground.
Real, meaningful experiences inspire children to extend their learning into their everyday play and exploration of the world around them. Here, we embrace this and we make it happenJ. Watch out for opportunities to come in and share some Sticky STEM experiences with your child. Yes, we let apples rot and we talk about what we see happening. Yes, we think a six week old pumpkin stinks, we wonder why, then, we figure it out! Yes, we dig for worms and turn over stones to see and catch grubs. A leaf is a yearlong companion in all its states, mud is rich and soil is clean! We are ‘learning and loving it’. We are up to our elbows and our senses are full.
Director of Faculty and Development