What’s the Most Important Subject for Your Child to Study in School?
June 13, 2011 1 Comment
Now that school is out, the last thing your children want to do is think about school, probably.
Unfortunately, there’s a good chance your children may already be behind the curve on the core subjects experts advise for kids to concentrate on.
Have you heard of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)? Well, you need to.
According to the National Science Foundation, 80% of the future jobs in the next decade will be related in some way to a form of either math or science. However, the stats for our nation’s children in those areas are pretty grim.
Only 29% of 4th graders, 33% of 5th graders and a mere 18% of our graduating high school seniors perform either at or above proficiency in these areas. Here’s where you come in.
While many parents feel tentative about math and science themselves, they can benefit greatly from some amazing on-line resources for these areas to help your child practice. Why not get started now during summer when there’s no other homework competing for their time?
Some fun science-related sites to check out include www.exploratorium.edu, sourced by a museum in San Francisco, California, National Geographic’s site, www.nationalgeographic.com and the Nova site at www.pbs.org.
Don’t forget there is actually something educational on television too if you tune in to “Mythbusters,” and “Life” on Discovery Channel as well as “Meteorite Men” and “SciFi Science” on the Science channel.
You can also check out local science camps or museums as well as go to the library or the internet for fun at-home science experiments to try. My kids LOVE Kid Concoctions, by John E. and Danita Thomas. They are always finding fun experiments and projects in there for cloudy or cool days.
For math fun, check out www.Gamequarium.org and www.FunBrain.com. You can find additional resources for many math and science subjects at www.dummies.com such as “Pre-Calculus Workbook for Dummies” (Wiley) or the one I needed in high school “Chemistry for Dummies, 2nd Edition” (Wiley).
Some other titles currently available online and in bookstores include: “Physics Essentials,” “Chemistry Essentials,” “Biology Essentials, “Pre-Algebra Essentials,” “Statistics Essentials,” “Calculus Essentials,” “Algebra I Essentials,” “Algebra II Essentials,” “Geometry Essentials,” “Grammar Essentials,” “Spanish Essentials,” and “French Essentials.” Learn more at www.dummies.com.
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