Hands-On STEAM Learning
As an essential steppingstone to kindergarten, Everbrook Academy’s Preschool program offers our research-based curriculum, Explorer 21™, and personalized learning experiences. Lessons integrate the arts and sciences. In a fun-filled space with friends, children are encouraged to develop socially as well as academically.
An Interactive Environment
Here are some ways STEAM is integrated throughout this classroom:
- Science: Microscopes and hand lenses are used to explore what living and non-living things look like up close.
- Technology: During group learning time, age-appropriate interactive digital technology could be employed, with age-specific apps.
- Engineering: Robotics materials, as well as a variety of small table-top blocks and large, floor-use blocks encourage children to design, test, and build their own constructions.
STEAM activities also explore the arts and math:
- The Arts: Language arts (reading, writing, literacy), visual arts (painting, sculpture, etc.), dramatic and musical arts (costumes, instruments, etc.) are featured.
- Math: Tangible, engaging math experiences are supported by a variety of resources including tree blocks, stone counting pieces, balance scales, and measuring tools.
Children continue to work toward meeting milestones in 10 developmental areas:
- Approaches to Learning: Children learn to use materials in a variety of ways, and begin to work on planning skills.
- Logic and Reasoning Children experiment with dramatic play which develops symbolic thinking.
- Literacy Children tell stories and act them out, along with gaining exposure to writing.
- Language: Children develop basic conversational and self-expression skills.
- Math: Children develop counting skills and numeral recognition, along with shapes, and patterning.
- Physical Development and Health: Children practice gross motor and self-help skills.
- Social-Emotional Development: Children gain self-awareness and independence.
- Creative Arts Expression: Children explore music, movement, and drama.
- Social Studies: Children learn how to be part of a community and develop familiar routines.
- Nature and Science: Children focus on object classification, as well as learning about the natural world around them.