How to Help Your Child Succeed in STEM Related Subjects
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics subjects are crucial to your child’s educational progress, overall development and future career opportunities. Fortunately, a parent can do much to ensure their child is successful in STEM subjects.
Pour on the Encouragement
As is the case with any growing entity, STEM-success can be nourished to flourish. If your child is in one or more STEM classes, one of the best things you can do is to show them you are interested in what they are learning. While you may not ever understand the intricacies of building or programming a drone, you can listen carefully after you ask your child about the one she is working on in class. Your interest will encourage her and your effort will help you further develop your scientific knowledge base.
Nourish to Flourish
Just as encouragement gives your child the spirit to succeed, good health gives him the mind and body needed to make it happen. Providing nutritious food, plentiful physical activity time and sufficient sleep acts as a growing medium for proper physical growth. In a similar fashion, arts participation can do wonders for their social, emotional and brain development. This is the reason that a growing number of school districts are incorporating the arts into STEM education. Even if your child’s school doesn’t have a formal STEAM program, learning to play a musical instrument, taking dance lessons or participation in any other art form will help your child learn work habits, analytical skills and critical thinking procedures needed to truly understand complex STEM material.
Plant Your Child Among High-Achievers
Participation in the arts will also surround your child with peers that tend to succeed academically, as will enrolling your child in the Boy or Girl Scouts or after school programs. If your child is already booked with a stream of activities, you may wish to consider enrolling her in an online, self-paced STEM-focused program such as the one offered by Buckeye Educational Systems. Whichever option you choose, the important thing is to surround your child with peers who are succeeding in STEM-related subjects.
When you do everything in your power to build your child’s mind and body while choosing quality STEM-related experiences and high-achieving peers for them, you will help maximize your child’s potential. As you strive to encourage, support and learn with them, you will help your child create a better world.
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