Smart Start STEM PreK
Develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills with Smart Start STEM PreK. Using challenges and activities that will engage your child in fun hands-on projects, each of the fourteen units includes stories and worksheets that will help your child understand the scientific concepts and lay a foundation for completing each STEM challenge.
The simple worksheets are colorful and appealing, and the STEM challenges reinforce the lesson. Most challenges require regular household items, but when your household is missing a critical element, logical substitutes can be utilized.
Smart Start STEM PreK includes leading questions for you to ask your child to help them move from problems to solutions. If you are looking for a science program that encourages critical thinking without much seatwork, this is a great resource. Topics in Smart Start STEM PreK include earth, life, and physical science.
From the Publisher:
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.
Activities incorporate scientific concepts such as:
Number of Pages: 128
Publisher: Evan-Moor Educational Publishers
Year of Publication: 2018
Review by Laura Noelle
”I found this to be a wonderful learning tool that bridges the gap from beginning preschool materials and more complex bookwork for Kindergarten.”Read the Review
This book was so engaging that my 4yo and 6yo would work on these challenges together. I loved every activity in this book. The workbook did a great job of setting up a problem, discussing it, and then providing a related problem for your student to solve. I loved watching them try different things as they worked to solve the problem. I would repeat this book again and again. My only gripe the amount of prep to gather materials. Luckily, I had most of the materials on hand already, but I could see this as being a potential hurdle if you don't have many of the items already.
This was one of the items I swapped for, did not care for the original workbook included--the original was focused on way too specific information in my opinion (kindergarten kids do not need to be learning about atomic structure). This one, took me a bit to like, but over time I saw that it allowed for creativity while essentially teaching the scientific method without clunky terminology.
Science is very important and this book tries, but misses the mark for this age group. It almost tried to do too much, too in depth and not at their level. This might be good as the pre-k gets a little older, but even my really particular loves to sit and get things perfect (including tracing letters) 3 yo does not like this book.
My littles enjoy each project and allows the family to learn and have fun together!
Fun and easy experiments! Great start to science.