S.T.E.A.M. stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. Mother Goose Time has included S.T.E.A.M. stations into their weekly activities. We have been working on our S.T.E.A.M. stations all month long. I have picked just a few activities that we have done to share with you.
Blocks Station (Engineering)
Building A City Map: The students made roads and put the roads together to make streets. Then, they took blocks and built buildings and homes. The students played with their city map throughout the day with cars. Every time there was a break, or a child finished an activity early, they would get to go play with their city.
Sensory Station (Technology)
Kinetic Sand: Mother Goose Time sent a recipe to make your own kinetic sand in their teacher guide books. I didn’t end up making my own because I already had a ton of kinetic sand that I had bought back in August to use throughout the year. The students had fun exploring in the sand and describing what they were feeling. We even did a few literacy activities using the sand because the students liked it so much.
Science and Nature Station (Science)
Creating Sounds: The students explored sound with a various number of items: bowls, pillows, chairs, etc.) We pretended these items were drums and compared the sounds of each item. When the item was hit with a wooden spoon, some made loud sounds, and others were soft sounds. We each had a different opinion about which item sounded more like a drum. I think it’s awesome that each student had their own opinion. At the beginning of the year, the students would of all picked the same thing. But, we have really been working on forming our own opinions and doing what we think instead of what our neighbor thinks. The next step is being able to explain why you think the way you think.
Dramatic Play Station (Math)
Over the Wall: The students traveled to China to visit the Great Wall of China. I made a wall with chairs and a blanket so the students couldn’t see the other side. We took turns standing at the wall and throwing over a bean bag. On the other side was a laundry basket. The students were trying to get the bean bag in the laundry basket without being able to see it. We each had 4 tries to get it in the basket. We kept track of how many times we made it in the basket and how many times we missed. Then, we compared the numbers. The students decided that if they stand a little closer to the wall, it is easier for them to make it in to the basket compared to if they stood further away.
Outside Discovery Station (Art)
Kite Construction: The students were given a variety of materials that they could use to make their own kite. We had just made kites out of paper plates before we did this activity, so almost all of them did the same kind of kite construction from the previous art activity. But, they had a good selection of items to use to make their own kites the way they wanted it to look. Then, we went outside to see if they flew.
Why teach S.T.E.A.M.?
It is simple. S.T.E.A.M is fun and engaging, it is hands-on, and the students are learning valuable skills for the real world. Some of these skills include: communicating, problem solving, working together, and making decisions. They are learning skills that are relevant to them when they get older and have to choose a career. They are being exposed to science, technology, engineering, art, and math and can already start to see which field they might have an interest for the future. They are doing activities that are at their developmental level.
I think it’s pretty great that preschool students can start discovering things for themselves. They are starting to take responsibility for their own learning. My students are learning how the real world works by asking questions and doing hands-on activities to discover the answers for themselves.
** I receive curriculum from Mother Goose Time for honest and authentic stories resulting from my daily experiences using the curriculum. This is my 3rd year using Mother Goose Time, and I am pleased to promote quality educational learning experiences through play with Mother Goose Time!