Michelle Obama uses music and rap to encourage education and STEM. Here’s what I learned and how you can apply the lessons to homeschooling and teaching kids.
By now you’ve seen Michelle Obama or FLOTUS’s rap video? No? Seriously, where you been, friend? 🙂
Okay, I’ll save you the quick search. You’re welcome.
Check it out below, then we’ll talk. Because. STEM.
Of course, what I particularly appreciated about this video was the focus on pursuing or exploring STEM subjects in college. Yassss!! For some years now, the White House has endeavored to champion initiatives that bolster STEM education and encourage more young people to pursue STEM-related careers. And I love it!
But why wait until College, I say. If you’ve stayed a while on this blog, you’ll know that I have a particular passion for encouraging STEM exploration from a young age. Yes, start ’em young and they’ll likely have an appreciation for STEM subjects and maybe even pursue fun, exciting STEM-related careers later on.
I’ve said before, we live in an age where even non-STEM jobs require an understanding or knowledge of STEM subjects. For example, many careers in the Arts now require digital and/or programming abilities.
So in the spirit of FLOTUS’s rap video, here are 3 easy ways to expose your kids to STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) from an early age:
- Encourage your child to ask questions but help them to arrive at the answer on their own. Curiosity is the mother of discovery!
- Provide your kids with toys and games that encourage thinking and creativity, like LEGO
- Make use of the outdoors and encourage observation and exploration (For example, my daughters and I watched the geese flying in a V-formation the other day and discussed why it was advantageous for them to fly in that particular formation).
So, what do you think of FLOTUS’s rap video?
What are some things you’ve done to expose your kids to STEM areas?
Please, share! I’d really love to know!