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Foundations School blog covers a range of topics relating to the care and education of young children, with special focus on development, brain research, and progressive education.
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STEM Team Challenge

STEM Team Challenge
Over the last couple of weeks, our 2nd-6th grade students have been working on STEM Team Challenges. Many of the supplies for these challenges came from the grants that Ms. Lindsay and Ms. Angie won, when they were recognized as two of the eight science teachers chosen state wide for recognition by the Georgia Science Teachers Association. In 2nd-4th grade, teams competed to make the marble travel the fastest and go the farthest. In 5th-6th grade, teams designed Rube Goldberg machines to water a plant and build a Physics Tower. These projects integrated important science, technology, engineering, and math standards. Students also displayed creativity, critical thinking, team work, and presentation skills! Foundations teachers take every opportunity to meet academic standards through project work like this, because it offers so much more to the students than just the facts.
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What is STEM anyway?

What is STEM anyway?
“Every 29 seconds another student gives up in school, resulting in more than one million high school students dropping out every year.”  Statistice and facts About Hight School Drop out Rates – The Silent Epidemic STEM is certainly a buzz word in education right now. But what does it really mean? This article from LiveScience.com summarizes what STEM is and shows why it is important for students to have a proficiency in STEM subjects. Foundations is proud to be a STEM school starting with our toddler programs and going through our elementary programs. Because we focus on teaching through children’s interests, it is a natural fit for our program. Children are inherently curious about the world around them, so they are wonderful engineers and scientists. We capitalize on that natural interest to integrate other subjects through projects that truly engage them while meeting academic standards. We continue this process through our elementary school, so that students at Foundations have a strong background in STEM learning and are well prepared for a future where STEM careers are in high demand.
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Changing the Conversation

So much is said about “education” in the press that I see a real need to change the focus of the conversation to “learning” and “creating a love of learning” among children. Education is an industry run by adults and includes school systems that focus on costs, teachers and programs – not on learning! Learning is a process that is focused on children. In fact, a child’s love of learning continues to blossom and, as an adult, they instinctively become life-long learners. Research tells us that children are naturally motivated to learn by their own interest and their own curiosity – rules and curriculums shouldn’t interfere with this natural learning. Changing our own conversation away from education to learning creates a more positive perspective of a child’s progress.