STEAM-POWERED THINKING LAB
Did you know that the greatest predictor of a child's future success isn't IQ?
It's "stick-to-it-iveness". In other words, it’s not about how smart you are. It's about how gritty you are. Research shows that the most successful students are those who demonstrate 'grit', a character quality that enables them to persevere and problem-solve in spite of setbacks. So how do we instill this thing called 'grit'?
What can we do to ensure our kids are equipped to handle all that life throws at them?
At First Kids, we've launched the Thinking Lab to help students develop a resilient mindset and a resilient faith that will carry them through all of life's challenges from spiritual and social to academic and emotional.
Each week our preschoolers in F building visit the Thinking Lab where they are encouraged to create, imagine, brainstorm, take risks, fail (yes, even fail) and try again. Lessons and projects include loose parts, tinkering and open-ended making, plus STEAM challenges (STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math).
Through age-appropriate opportunities that purposefully allow students to explore, experiment, fail, fail and try again, we can begin to develop the 'grit' and resilience children need in order to successfully persevere in all areas of life, including their faith.
Music and movement obviously go hand in hand. During classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, we incorporate Bible stories, Bible songs and prayer to reinforce Bible concepts as well as the importance of music in worship and praise to God.
So how does Spanish and Yoga fit into the mix?
We use the Spanish curriculum from Frog Street Press that is set to familiar tunes. Fluency, pronunciation and comprehension are all reinforced by singing and moving our bodies to the songs.
Our yoga class teaches our students how to breathe, relax, balance and stretch. Recent studies show that yoga at an early age, teaches students to self soothe and self- regulate their bodies and emotions.