Choosing a program where your little ones can learn and grow while having their needs met is a big decision. How is a program that includes S.T.E.A.M. education different from other programs? Will this approach to learning prepare your child for the future, both educationally and socially? The S.T.E.A.M. Lab at Crème de la Crème stimulates communication, observation, and critical thinking while encouraging creativity and teamwork. Let Crème de la Crème show you how our S.T.E.A.M. Lab's innovative approach can build enduring skills and take your child's learning to the next level.Admissions & Enrollment: (800) 374-5715 Schedule A Tour
S.T.E.A.M. stands for science, technology, engineering, art, and math. The driving force behind implementing S.T.E.A.M. learning in the curriculum for youngsters is to promote a love of the arts and sciences from an early age. The unique approach of our S.T.E.A.M. Lab shows kids they don’t have to be only creative or analytical thinkers — they can do and enjoy both. Moreover, S.T.E.A.M. education for young children ensures children engage with these “tough” subjects in age-appropriate ways, letting kids still have fun and play. At the same time, they soak up the skills and knowledge a S.T.E.A.M. curriculum encourages.
S.T.E.A.M. education inspires kids to ask questions and engage in discussion, fostering their natural curiosity about the surrounding world. A safe environment where children can explore their senses, a S.T.E.A.M. Lab includes playing, observing, and creating. As a result, kids can get comfortable sharing their thoughts and interacting with their peers.
In addition to introducing kids to analytical and creative ideas and processes, Crème de la Crème’s S.T.E.A.M. Lab builds lifelong skills and focuses on the whole child by:
Traditional education programs have children play a more passive role in learning as they absorb what a teacher teaches. On the other hand, S.T.E.A.M. programs help children develop critical thinking skills and tap into their curiosity. By focusing on practice and creation, S.T.E.A.M. lets young children explore their world.
A S.T.E.A.M. lab trains children to perform tasks and think independently. As a result, their confidence soars.
A fundamental tenet of S.T.E.A.M. education is the focus on project-based, hands-on learning. Kids decide on a goal, choose skills they want to explore, and experiment and discover. Adding artistic tasks can make complex subjects like math and programming more approachable.
Research shows creativity can improve mental, emotional, and physical well-being. The arts component of a S.T.E.A.M. lab does just that, all while teaching children enduring skills they’ll draw on throughout their educational journey.
S.T.E.A.M. education emphasizes cross-disciplinary approaches. As a result, young learners encounter multiple ways of thinking. Instead of valuing subjects like technology and science over the arts, a S.T.E.A.M. curriculum presents all topics as interconnected units. Kids get to see each discipline’s unique advantages while discovering that they aren’t limited to learning about any one subject. The well-rounded program appeals to kids’ evolving curiosity and ensures all children have something they are interested in exploring.
A nurturing environment can help even young children develop their creative thinking skills. S.T.E.A.M. education means promoting meaningful learning as kids get to think outside the box. S.T.E.A.M. also lets kids use objects differently, allowing kids to experiment and use their imagination. Seeing subjects from different perspectives lays the foundation for education in elementary school and beyond to promote lifelong learning.
Because S.T.E.A.M. education encourages children to analyze, compare, and contrast, it prevents passive learning (like simply memorizing details) and instead encourages open-ended questions. Children are allowed and encouraged to explore as they learn. Kids participating in S.T.E.A.M. programming learn to process information, be more creative, and have discussions. These elements are all essential parts of critical thinking.
Kids learning through a S.T.E.A.M. approach get to explore an array of interests. They try out new activities and see if they have hidden talents, cultivating their creativity. Kids get to see their strengths and weaknesses and have the freedom to explore topics that interest them without the pressure to fit themselves neatly into traditional disciplinary boxes.
All the questions, exploring, and interactions have another essential impact: improving a child’s self-esteem. Kids in the S.T.E.A.M. Lab practice expressing themselves, helping them overcome fears of new challenges and giving them the courage to try new activities. As young children develop their self-esteem, they gain the ability to accept failure and keep trying if they don’t succeed the first time they do something. This grit, determination, and patience will help them in their school studies and beyond the classroom throughout their lifetime.
When kids play and experiment with their peers, they naturally develop communication skills. Using new objects and tools enriches their vocabulary. At the same time, children grow more comfortable holding conversations with different people who have various interests. While a S.T.E.A.M. curriculum encourages independent learning, it also encourages children to interact with peers, facilitating meaningful interactions. Team-building activities help foster creativity, too — children work together to come up with designs and solutions.