STEM isn’t just a buzzword in schools – it
s a crucial part of many homeschools too. As of 2014, it was estimated that almost two million young people were homeschooled in the US – or about 3.4 percent! That’s a lot of homeschools taking on STEM, but it sometimes has its challenges.
Blog, She Wrote
by Heather Woodie, STEM is a mainstay with posts such as “
100 STEM Activities for Kids & Teens of all Kinds
.” While Heather has the advantage of having been a biology teacher and having an engineer husband, she believes you don’t need this background to teach STEM in a homeschool. But she does have some advice for those homeschoolers.
Be a Science “Yes” Mom (or Dad)
Keeping a “yes, we can” attitude – no matter your STEM background – is key to getting hands on with STEM.
“I’ve written about being a science ’yes’ mom. If kids come to you with a question or they want to try something, instead of putting it off and making sure you have all your ducks in a row, just say ’yes’ and you figure it out as you go,” Heather said. “I think that’s one of the biggest stumbling blocks I see for parents, because they feel like they have to have all the right worksheets and all the right equipment, and it all has to be organized and ready to go or they can’t possibly do it well. Just say ’yes.’ You don’t have to have all the worksheets.”
For part of her reasoning, she looks to her husband’s job as an engineer at Cornell University.