When you hear the name “Madame Curie School Of Science & Technology,” the first image that comes to mind might be a private university or a specialized high-school. It might surprise you, then, that we’re actually a school for preschool-aged kids.
While terms like “science,” “engineering,” and “technology” might seem overly complex for kids who are at the three-year mark, the opposite couldn’t be more true. The minds of young children are in some of their most formative stages at that age, ripe for new learning. The truth is that these fields of study can be taught to exceedingly young children — just in a way that’s adapted for their age.
Are you curious as to how we teach our STEAM++ curriculum to our children, which is made up of science, technology, engineering, language arts, and motor skills? It’s a good question, since we’re certainly not teaching them calculus or advanced physics.
Here are some ways we break down advanced concepts to bright young children.
When it comes to most of the world’s leading minds in science, it’s not something that they just decided they were interested in at age 18. The biggest innovators in history typically fostered a love for science at a young age, and if we respect the intellect of children instead of just expecting them to grow into advanced concepts at the “right” age, you’d be surprised at how much they can internalize.
When it comes to science for preschool or kindergarten-aged children, we believe in fostering the most fundamental aspects of it that are universal across all sciences — that is, the thrill of discovery and experimentation to gain new insights.
The Scientific Method is the pillar of discovery in our modern age, and it has been since the 17th century. The Scientific Method consists of experimenting with various factors in order to establish a predictable outcome, while identifying the bits and pieces that can affect said outcome and why.
For preschool-aged children, the Scientific Method can be demonstrated with all kinds of fun experiments. Classic experiments such as the baking soda volcano can demonstrate how certain things react with each other. For preschool-aged children, it’s less important focusing on the what, such as the chemical reactions, and more important to focus on the fundamental idea that different combinations of experimentation can lead to different outcomes.
As we move into an increasingly digital world, it’s important to shed archaic views on technology and prepare our children for the real world. The bottom line is that technology is ubiquitous in every aspect of our lives today. Like it or not, it’s all but impossible to shield your child from a constant barrage of screens. This may work for the first few years of their life, but once they start to gain independence, you won’t be able to hold things back.
That’s why, instead of limiting exposure to technology, it’s a boon to children to learn how to use it responsibly. Not only that, but grasping computers at a young age can open up all kinds of opportunities for the future. Coding is a common pastime to many kids in grade school these days and can lead to promising careers. This is just one example of many — digital art, editing, music making, flowcharting, and more are all things we teach to our preschool children.
Again, these subjects are adapted to be appropriate for their age level, but an early start can lead to a bright future.
It’s easy to spot a potential engineer at young ages. In the real world, engineering employs advanced math, calculation, and physics to create advanced technology. However, its fundamentals can be learned at three years old or even younger.
Similar to science, we don’t teach kids the technicalities of engineering when they’re so little — the math would fly over their heads. But innovation and creativity are two pillars of engineering, as well as seeing how things work. By using creative but complex tools such as levers and gears, our preschool students can build things and learn exactly how they work. Once they have a simple understanding of the tools they’re using, that’s when we encourage them to push their boundaries and create more complex creations.
It’s a step-by-step process, but you can bet that many kids get the hang of it like it’s nothing, and many adult engineers can trace their love for their profession back to simple childhood playtime.
Preschool and kindergarten are when most kids start to be mentally acute enough to learn reading and writing. These are skills that will never go out of style, as the written word is arguably more prevalent than it ever has been with the advent of the internet. At Madame Curie School, we teach basic reading and listening comprehension, as well as vocabulary building.
However, a lot of language learning at this age is indirect, and that’s we also engage in a lot of fun activities such as storytelling, role-playing, music, poetry, and more. By simply engaging in these things and hearing a variety of different words being used, they will subconsciously internalize a lot of it. Studies have shown that children who experience daily read-aloud activities have much larger vocabularies than their fellow peers who rarely experienced storytime.
It’s easy to have the assumption that physical and mental prowess grow independently of each other, but that’s not quite true — our bodies and brains are inexorably linked, and by keeping them both healthy, we’re all the better off for it.
Activities like exercise, organized group sports, games, and dance help to keep kids on their feet, while also testing their dexterity. This is a boon to their little bodies, but it also benefits their minds — the brain works better when the body gets regular exercise.
Our motor skill activities aren’t all physically demanding — we also have activities such as art appreciation and we use different textures, media, and material to develop hand-eye coordination. It’s important to make sure that every aspect of a child’s young mind is learning and developing, and we make sure to see to that at Madame Curie School!
The public education system often gets critiqued for prioritizing raw technical information ahead of practical life skills such as social skills, time management, and morality. In reality, these are all concepts that are extremely important to learn, especially for preschool-aged children — their social behaviors will carry into the rest of their lives and you’d be amazed at how much of a difference it can make when they learn the right things early on.
At Madame Curie School, we cultivate the traits of kindness, compassion, and self-esteem in our students. But we also put a lot of emphasis on productive social behaviors. We live in a time where many children aren’t becoming adequately socialized as many parents elect to leave them with their screens day and night. By putting them into a social setting where they learn how to communicate with other kids, accept guidance from authorities, and manage their time with different activities, you’re ensuring that they’re learning essential skills that every human needs if they wish to flourish in adulthood.
Early Childhood Education in Chantilly and Herndon
Do you want to jump-start your child’s education at an age where their minds are ready to learn? Then you should contact us at Madame Curie School Of Science & Technology. We’ll be happy to provide your preschooler or kindergartner with quality education, and we encourage you to stop by if you want to meet us in person! We’ve been teaching Virginia students for years, and we’d love to see you at one of our locations in Chantilly or Herndon. Contact us today!