STEM for Kindergarteners! Evan-Moor makes it easy to add hands-on STEM lessons to your homeschool with their Smart Start STEM workbook!
What is STEM?
Science, technology, engineering, and math are cool! That is the goal of STEM education—getting students interested in these areas of study instead of becoming shy or anxious. Kids gain an understanding of intriguing life, earth, and physical science topics while learning critical and creative problem solving-skills.
About Smart Start: STEM
With the Smart Start: STEM Kindergarten activity book from Evan-Moor, kindergarteners get introduced to these vital concepts early through fun, engaging stories, activities, and journal writing challenges they complete with their parents. Because these skills are important in other academic areas, this Smart Start: STEM activity book is a helpful stepping stone for young learners.
Engage your child in fun hands-on projects that develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills. The STEM challenges and activities encourage your child to think creatively and explore different ideas to solve problems. Parents act as facilitators, guiding their children through the problem-solving process.
Each unit includes stories and practice pages that help children understand science concepts and provide a foundation for completing each STEM challenge. A STEM journal activity helps guide children through the engineering design process: plan, create, test, and record.
Topics within each STEM challenge target earth, life, and physical science. Each unit covers a specific scientific concept and includes:
- Science Story: Introduces each science concept
- Practice Activities: Support children’s understanding
- STEM Story: Fictional story with a problem to solve
- STEM Challenge: Hands-on activity to solve a problem
- STEM Journal: Provides a planning outline to help complete the challenge activity
- Includes answer key.
Kindergarten STEM skills include:
- Letter formation
- Fine motor skills
- Cause and effect
- Visual discrimination
Kindergarten activities incorporate these scientific concepts:
- Physical science
- Shapes, Sizes, and More
- Solids and Liquids
- Does the Magnet Stick?
- Wheels Do the Work
- Life science
- What Plants Need
- What Animals Need
- Plant Parts
- Living Things
- People Grow and Change
- Earth science
- Bodies of Water
Click on the images below to see the full table of contents and the materials list!
Use Smart Start: STEM for enrichment at home and help your child develop lifelong critical thinking skills.
A Peek at a Sample Lesson from Smart Start: STEM Grade K
Click on the images below to see them larger so you can get a peek at a full lesson from the book!
Smart Start: STEM K Book in Action
As you may remember, I taught two young children in my home recently. I am still close with their family and they gladly offered to review this book for us so we could get a peek inside and some opinions from the target age group! AK and Ki are finishing up homeschool Kindergarten and their big sister CC is finishing up 2nd grade at home. This book is targeted towards Kindergarteners but their older sister got in on the action also and helped facilitate many of the activities.
After the first day with the book, their mom sent me this text:
Ellie is their little sister, shown below, having fun with the STEM activity!
The smiles tell all! Obviously, this book was fun for them and they have thoroughly enjoyed the projects and lessons so far. I knew they would and imagine most kids would! I highly recommend this book!
Get Your Smart Start: STEM Book!
I have been an Evan-Moor book fan for years and love the simplicity their books provide for parents. This book is a perfect example of giving a parent a framework for fun STEM projects at an affordable price! You can compare prices by seeing the book on Evan-Moor’s site here and Amazon here! I love that the books are available in both places so you can choose!
Smart Start Series
Smart Start STEM is from a wonderful series of books created for early learners. Be sure to check out the entire Smart Start series!
Perfect for early learners, these full-color activity books for kids are packed with themed activities that engage children in learning beginning reading, writing, math, and critical thinking skills.