One of the most important things parents can do, beyond keeping kids healthy and safe, is to read with them. Starting with newborns and continuing past the time that they can read by themselves. Study after study shows that early reading with children helps them learn to speak, interact, bond with parents and read early themselves, and reading with kids who already know how to read helps them feel close to caretakers, understand the world around them and be empathetic citizens of the world.
STEM is the learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, not a new idea but one that is seen as having increasing importance for today's children. STEM teaches the four disciplines in a cohesive and integrated way. Our knowledge of how children and adults learn has increased over the last few decades. We understand that success in learning requires the learner to be at the center of the experience, making connections across disciplines and also across contextual settings. Children need to be presented opportunities to learn the same material in different settings and different ways.