October 28, 2014
For the past 4 years the early learning program has been teaching a curriculum called the Investigators Club. This curriculum is fully integrated with a strong focus on literacy, math, and science. Because this curriculum has done such a wonderful job of introducing the children to “purposeful inquiry” we have decided to take it to the next level- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics)
This past summer, staff from the preschool and preK classes attended a STEM workshop at St. Thomas University. While much was learned we also had the opportunity to network and meet the owner of Curious Minds, Amy. Amy’s company offers schools discovery science and engineering programs. We are proud to say that we have partnered with Curious Minds and will now be offering their classes throughout the school year. This program is so rich in STEM that it is being offered in our kindergarten as well. If you attended the Mpls Preschool Fair you would have seen Amy at our table.
The staff at Our Lady of Peace in conjunction with Curious Minds truly believe the link between early childhood and STEM is indisputable. Early exposure to STEM-whether it be in school or just engaging in the natural trial and error of play-supports children’s overall academic growth, develops early critical thinking and reasoning skills, and enhances later interest in STEM study and careers (JD Chesloff’s editorial Sparking a Child’s Interest in Science and Technology).
If you are a parent trying to decide where to send your child to school, rest assured we have their best interest in mind! At Our Lady of Peace, education is our priority. We are the masters of integrating play and learning with endless smiles!