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5/07/2018

How to Tackle STEM as Home Educators.

*This is a collaborative post.

Parents have such a massive impact on how and what their children learn. STEM is a hot topic and has been for some time now. If you’re a home educator often science, technology, engineering, and mathematics can seem like the ‘tough’ topics to guide and teach. Aside from getting your own supply chain management masters degree, here are a couple of tips to make teaching STEM a snip.


To tackle the tech element, check out some code writing websites. It’s had a massive improvement in the last few years websites like Code.org are a perfect starting point. It starts with easy coding and explains it in a really simple way. The kids can go up levels as their understanding and confidence grows. Code.org has a page where you can read that most of their students are girls or underrepresented minorities in the code arena – very cool. If you prefer something a little more intense Tynker has a pro option, which includes a whole host of iPad coding, Minecraft, super boosted learning and advanced learning. So your child can learn at their own pace.


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Science is a lot easier to teach at home than people give it credit for. It can be a simple as growing a plant and going into scientific names of each part, plus the life cycle and hey presto you’ve got some basic biology. Maybe you want to be a little more explorative, 3M Young Scientist Lab is a brilliant resource with a lot of options. Encompassing printable activities with online options too. It even has virtual field trips! At first glance science at home might seem scary but it’s straightforward once you get the right tools in place.


For mathematics at home, it can start by just counting the number of items in the shopping trolley as you shop. Marble maths, songs and rhymes, and writing numbers. If you need tips for progressing from the basic foundations you’ve laid, you can check out something like Oxford Owl – which supports learning from early maths to age 11. After age 11, High School Maths has a heap of worksheets, maths games, and book recommendations. BBC Bitesize is also a top-rated website to use. All these combines will make maths a dream topic.


Engineering isn’t as tricky as it sounds. You don’t have to be Tony Stark (Ironman) to make this one work for you and your family, once again all you need is the right tools in place. You can check out a resource pack here. Other things like K’nex, LEGO, and robot building kits are all brilliant at showing the active - hand on learning possibilities in engineering in home ed.


If you don’t want to set a focus on a single one of these topics but combine them and mix it up with your teaching, then the Curiosity Box subscription might be right up your street. For 7 to 11-year olds primarily the box starts at 4.95 + p&p, and each box is themed. Fossils, Space, Crystals and Magnet Making are just some of the options.


Making STEM exciting, accessible and very cheaply mastered as part of your home education teaching. It is really about what the children want to learn, so work with them to get the best from all the tools at your disposal.

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