Project Lead the Way at Day Early Learning Pre-K Classrooms
We’re gearing up for the 2019-2020 school year with some exciting new enrichment activities for pre-K learners!
In September, Day Early Learning pre-K teachers and directors built their STEM education skills through our new partnership with Project Lead the Way (PLTW). Beginning this fall, Day Early Learning pre-K students will experience hands-on activities in the first-ever community-based implementation of this curriculum.
What is Project Lead the Way?
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the nation’s leading provider of hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and career-learning programs for students in pre-K-12. Through PLTW, students become hands-on problem solvers and learn to collaborate with their fellow students.
Why this is great news.
Exposing little learners to STEM concepts in preschool and pre-K provides them with opportunities to develop critical and creative thinking skills, as well as executive functioning and problem-solving skills. These skills help set the stage for how children will approach learning and thinking in the future. Early introduction also encourages later interest in STEM subjects, especially for female and minority students.
In previous years, Day Early Learning enrichment programs were available to students who could pay an extra participation fee. This often often excluded minority students and those from lower-income families from being able to participate. Thanks to PNC Grow Up Great’s support, all children will have this experience to set them up with the knowledge and skills they need to flourish in kindergarten and beyond.
What about students in other classes?
Our teaching team incorporates STEM learning throughout our program. Using the Creative Curriculum, they design evidence-based plans that boost children’s essential skills, from building math and science vocabulary (less, more, big, small, tall, wide, etc.) to discussing cause and effect daily. Day Early Learning’s leaders continuously seek new ways to partner with other groups, including our recent event at the Indiana State Museum, which featured hands-on STEM activities courtesy of WFYI.
Our New Approach to Learning.
When today’s Day Early Learning students join the workforce, 65% of them will apply for jobs that don’t exist today. While we can’t predict these jobs, what we do know is that the essential skills children develop up to age five are the crucial skills that your child will need in kindergarten and beyond. This school year, our classrooms will be increasingly focused on building core knowledge and instilling essential skills – like confidence, collaboration and resilience – that children will use for years to come.