If you’re a parent, you’re probably familiar with the term STEM. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM cultivation is becoming more and more important because it pervades every part of our lives.
According to the U. S. Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are growing at 17%, while other occupations are growing at 9.8%. STEM degree holders have a higher income even in non-STEM careers. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics workers play a key role in the sustained growth and stability of the U.S. economy. STEM activities create critical thinkers, increase science literacy, and enable the next generation of innovators. Innovation leads to new products and processes that sustain our economy. This innovation and science literacy depends on a solid knowledge base in the STEM areas. It is clear that most jobs of the future will require a basic understanding of math and science. Despite these compelling facts, mathematics and science scores on average among U.S. students are lagging behind other developing countries.
Facts like these can be overwhelming parents, who may not even know where to begin in seeking out STEM activities for their kids. As my kids get older and I do more research into the STEM field and it’s ever growing presence, I have been actively seeking out ways to incorporate more science, technology, engineering, and mathematics into our daily lives.
Which is where companies like STEM Reads come in. STEM Reads is an awesome monthly book club for kids (ages 4-8) who are eager to explore the wonderful world of STEM. Each month, your little readers will receive a box in the mail filled with two (or more) handpicked, kid-friendly books, exclusive Author notes, engaging learning activities, and fun surprises.
We received our very first box today and could not have been happier to see that the theme for April was “Math Mania”. Included in the box is:
- The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos by Deborah Heiligman
- Annika Riz, Math Whiz by Claudia Mills
- Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse To Stay Up Late by Laura Overdeck
- Math Dice Jr. Game
- Puzzles and Games for Math
- Exclusive Author Notes From Deborah Heiligman, Laura Overdeck, and Claudia Mills
- Math Mania Achievement Badge Sticker
The kids were instantly drawn to the dice game, while I was excited to see Bedtime Math included. It’s basically a math devotional – a quick two page read per night that presents your kids with mathematically based problems to solve. What I love the most about Bedtime Math is that they have different categories of problems. Aria answers the Wee Ones question, while Noah answers the Little Kids question and challenges himself with the Big Kids one.
The kids were entertained for nearly three straight hours– no fighting and no X-Box requests! Which is a miracle in our house, especially on a Friday afternoon when the kids are in weekend mode. After I tucked them in and we did our Bedtime Math, they asked if we could play the math dice game again after breakfast.
We can’t wait for next month’s delivery and are already taking guesses on what the theme will be! If you want to join in on the fun, STEM Reads is generously offering $10 off your first order! Just be sure to use this link to redeem this special offer!
Happy reading, mathematicians!