• STEM is an acronym. It was used originally by the US government to describe fields of study that helped immigrants get work visas: science, technology, engineering, and math. Today, educators are linking these areas together in what is called STEM curriculum. When we break down the acronym into its parts, we see that early childhood programs practice STEM activities every day.
  • Science activities include exploring water and sand, comparing and contrasting natural materials like rocks and soil, rolling balls across the room, and looking through a magnifying glass to count how many legs are on the bug that was caught during outdoor play.
  • Technology activities include computers, but also identifying simple machines like gears and wheels and pulleys.
  • Engineering in preschool happens in the block area. There children are planning and designing structures every day with little teacher direction.
  • Math activities include counting and matching shapes and making patterns. Measuring is easy too, especially with unit blocks where two of one size equal one of the next size up.
  • As a preschool educator, you can expand kids’ science learning and lead them toward discovery by encouraging their natural curiosity; noticing what they are doing during play with water, shadow, or sand; and asking the right questions. You can get involved by asking children open ended questions: “Tell me what you are working on now.” “What do you notice about how it’s moving?” “What else have you seen other kids try?”. (STEM Sprouts Teaching Guide). 

STEM Curriculum 

           STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics

At Kingdom, we believe that all young people should be prepared to think deeply and to think well so that they have the chance to become the innovators, educators, researchers, and leaders who can solve the most pressing challenges facing our nation and our world, both today and tomorrow. That's why Kingdom has quality STEM learning opportunities that prepare our students for a brighter future. 

What Is STEM? 

Leader in Early Childhood Development