VTech Parentinghttp://www.vtechkids.com/parenting/VTech Parentingen-usSat, 01 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0400 STEM + Art = STEAMCarla C. Johnsonhttp://www.vtechkids.com/parenting/article/{279909C9-2D12-47A1-88B7-C974153AB22A}You might have noticed that STEM, or science, technology, engineering, and mathematics has received a lot more attention in the U.S. over the past few years. This is in response to the need to improve educational experiences for children to make them more reflective of the world in which we live. Businesses and industries have found that the workforce coming out of high school and college do not have the problem solving, communication, creativity, and critical thinking skills they need to be successful. These skills are needed for success in STEM disciplines, but also in arts, social studies, and other content areas. That’s why many schools are taking a STEAM approach (the ‘A’ is for the arts) to learning. STEAM brings the content areas together in meaningful ways, similar to how children will encounter the various disciplines in their everyday life. STEAM learning experiences harness children’s natural curiosity and provide children opportunities to develop understandings about the world around them and ensure they are better prepared for success. Spook-tacular Family Fun This HalloweenStacey Heneveldhttp://www.vtechkids.com/parenting/article/{2ED1ED00-9BEF-4494-BFEE-7FB11E2F9966}We love Halloween at our house. It’s filled with a lot of spooky-fun family time and each of us has our favorite Halloween tradition. Here are 4 ways to maximize your time together as a family during Halloween: Learning Through PlayLise Eliothttp://www.vtechkids.com/parenting/article/{90F6A14F-8ABC-4414-9547-D6274249877A}Did you know that a child’s brain quadruples in size between birth and the start of kindergarten? Growing brains need high-quality stimulation, and VTech’s new Go! Go! Smart Animals playsets provide lots of fun opportunities for young children to play creatively and flex their mental muscles. Play, Read and Learn with Disney Pixar PlayDeborah Sharp Libbyhttp://www.vtechkids.com/parenting/article/{CD02FF7D-B477-46C4-A508-2D86DEE0331A}School is officially back in session. Set aside time each day and continue to support your child’s educational journey at home. It is easy to do. Reinforce early literacy skills by reading a wide range of great children’s books. Play games and enjoy activities that raise your child’s literacy awareness and build knowledge. The ultimate goal is to involve your child in fun meaningful learning experiences daily. VTech’s InnoTab systems include a collection of engaging age-appropriate learning activities. Opportunities for kids to play, read, learn and create are endless. Many game cartridges are available starring favorite characters and a variety of activities that guarantee hours of learning fun!