Foundations is on a mission to engage your child’s interest from the minute they walk through the door. If they are interested, they are motivated and this is the key to becoming a life long learner.
Integrated STEM Curriculum at Foundations
Ages infant – middle school
It may sound strange to talk about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in reference to infants and younger children, but the groundwork that we lay early in a child’s life absolutely affects their capabilities long term. The government estimates that in the next decade we will have a need for one million more science, technology, engineering and math professionals than it is projected that we will produce. By focusing on this now with our children, we can set them up for success in the future.
Traditional preschool and school environments concentrate on memorizing a collection of facts through a mapped curriculum which measures their success by testing for recall in these areas. Studies have consistently shown that students need to practice actual problem solving skills and making informed decisions; developing complex cognitive, social and communication skills in order to be successful in the current business world.
The basis for these skills starts when a child is first developing their social and cognitive skills as an infant. At Foundations, the entire environment and curriculum encourages children in every age group to work together solving increasingly complex problems. Curriculum in each room is designed around subject matter in which the students have expressed interest in. This is an intrinsic motivation approach which creates a desire to learn and ask more questions.
Additionally, adding a project approach to STEM subject matter teaching (which means students work to solve problems in groups) is shown to improve student achievement in higher level cognitive tasks, such as scientific processes and mathematic problem solving. This is referred to as an integrated STEM curriculum which we call “learning by doing” here at the Foundations School. Having the capability to integrate skills from all disciplines to solve problems allows for deeper and more meaningful student learning and overall depth of understanding in a practical application of the skills. An integrated approach to teaching and the benefits young learners derive are absolutely mandatory to meet future needs as companies expand, diversify and innovate.