The Heartworks Preschools have an enrichment program in the afternoon that incorporates Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM). Each day the focus of the afternoon curriculum is on one of these areas, combined with our traditional classrooms values of sharing, respect, courtesy, and listening. Through a broad range of fun and creative activities, the children are encouraged to make predictions, develop hypotheses, ask questions, explore, imagine, build and experiment.
September STEAM Highlights:
STEAM with Cassie: The STEAM class in Cassie’s room did a multitude of activities. Some of the highlights included experimenting with magnets- How do they work? Do they work through certain materials? The class also explored art after reading “Beautiful Oops” and discussing how we can create beautiful artwork out of a “mistake.” The class also did a week-long focus on insects integrating each of the STEAM elements into the theme from researching and observing insects found around our school, working with magnifying glasses on Technology day, building ant colonies on Wednesday, creating ants out of egg cartons on Thursday, and adding insect legs for Math on Friday.
STEAM with Maria and Leah: During STEAM this year Maria and Leah will be teaching lessons revolving around biweekly themes. In September the focus was on Transportation and Apples. They created boats that floated out of tin foil, they engineered two different types of airplanes, and they created vehicles from recycled materials. When learning about apples, they dissected them and labeled each part of the apple, made observations about the seed core, made applesauce using a ricer, used an apple corer and peeler, and played apple math games.