STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math. You may think some of these subjects seem lofty for young children to grasp. In some ways, that’s true. Young children may not be ready to understand multiplication or how computers work. But, they can build a strong foundation for future learning by exploring STEAM preschool skills and concepts through play and discussion, then applying those skills through more play.
It doesn't matter if you choose the Virtual or In-Person Summer Camp Program, your child will learn the same curriculum!
Children are natural scientists. At Fairmont, we want to start cultivating a love for science by encouraging children to be curious & ask questions. Sensory activities are important because children use their senses to try and understand the world around them. They learn from exploring and discovering the world around them, learning how our world works by engaging in our outdoors.
For young children Science encourages investigation and answering questions, often involving experimentation. We will use our garden and chickens for observation and problem-solving opportunities. Our outdoor space provides a wide variety of sensory experiences and encourages informal learning as children explore and make discoveries.
When we think of technology, cell phones and computers often come to mind. But the “T” in technology at Fairmont’s summer camp also stands for any type of man-made object.
Technology includes simple tools such as pulleys, wheels, levers, latches and ramps.
As children play with these tools, they observe and learn from the underlying cause and effect.
These simpler technologies help children to understand how tools help us accomplish tasks.
Kids want to explore how and why things work the way they do. Engineering at Fairmont is an introduction to problem-solving and creative thinking. Engineering is using materials, crafting, and building – it's a great way for children to design create and build things that work, helping them understand how and why things work.
By applying science, math, and technology kids start learning how to solve problems. When children design and build with blocks or put together railroad tracks, they are acting as engineers. When children construct a fort of snow, pillows, or cardboard, they are solving structural problems. When they figure out how to pile sticks and rocks to block a stream of water or how objects fit together, they are engineering.
Arts encourage creativity and allow children to illustrate the concepts they are learning & creates a sensory exploration. Early experience with creative arts supports cognitive development and increases self-esteem. When children engage in painting, pretend play, music and drawing they are allowed to express what they know and feel before they can read or write. Music develops pattern recognition and number skills.
At Fairmont, Art activities are open-ended experiences with an emphasis on creating a unique work of art. Early art experiences develop the foundation for innovation and problem-solving.
Children learn about numbers, operations, measurement, patterns, geometry, and spatial relationships through informal play. Children use basic math skills when playing trains or ponies, kitchen or house, detective or spy, They use math concepts when building with blocks, working in the garden, playing store, and collecting rocks. At this young age, math comes easily and naturally, and it mostly happens through play.
From birth until age five, children explore everyday mathematics, including informal knowledge of “more” and “less,” shape, size, sequencing, volume, and distance. Math is a tool children use every day!