Though education is an important part of a child’s growth and development and families strive every day to ensure they are helping promote learning for their children. At Power And Grace Preparatory Academy (PGPA) we use a specific focus of education referred to as STEAM learning.

STEAM learning is very important because these five disciplines are used in everyday activities. They promote problem solving, and creative and analytical thinking. Many of the jobs that effect our economy include STEAM subjects.


Accounting, architecture, medical research, and environmental studies all involve science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, STEAM occupations have grown in the last ten years three times faster than non-STEAM occupations and STEAM occupations are expected to grow by 10% from now until 2020. Non-STEAM occupations only grow at a national average of 5-8%.

For this reason, among others, it is never too early to begin introducing STEAM learning to your child. Each discipline of STEAM helps your child grow and navigate through everyday challenges.

Introducing STEAM learning can begin simply by pointing out why and how things in our everyday lives work. For example, when something falls to the ground, explain to your child that the object fell due to gravity. Families can also try different activities at home that focus on these five disciplines.

  • Science – Science does not need to be taught through a textbook or through the lab work that some families may remember participating in school. There are so many fun, creative activities that can be done right at home to engage your child in learning more about this discipline.


       Activities can include:

  1. Grow plants from seeds in a jar

  2. Make magnetic slime

  3. Create your child’s name out of crystals

  • Technology – Technology is all around us and is rapidly progressing each day. These STEAM activities not only promote a STEAM discipline, but also help prepare a child for their future and the types of skills they will need in their everyday lives.

       Activities can include:

  1. Learn about space using the NASA data from their website

  2. Programs or games that help develop typing skills

  3. Practice reading, writing or math skills through a fun, educational app

  • Engineering – Many children are already taking part in fun engineering activities on a daily because children love to build and create. Here are some great engineering activity ideas outside of the typical building activities.


       Activities can include:

  1. Design and create straw bridges

  2. Create a conveyor belt

  3. Design a structure out of cups, sticks, and blocks and test balance

  • Art and Design – The newest discipline that has been added to this specific focus of education calls for children to not only be analytical but creative as well during the process.

       Activities can include:

  1. Research what happens when mixing watercolors and oils

  2. Determine how plants absorb water with food coloring

  3. Dip dye craft sticks to build structures with

  • Mathematics – Your child will use math in their everyday lives, and just like technology it is important that families still encourage activities that promote learning about mathematics so children have the proper tools and knowledge they need in life.

       Activities can include:

  1. Practice different ways to add numbers and come to the same answer

  2. Learn about odd numbers and even numbers

  3. Learn about different coins and bills and how to add them

2 Corinthians 12:9 (ESV)
But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weakness, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.


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