We were just getting used to the idea and the ins-and-outs of STEM when it married the Arts to form STEAM. Learn more about STEAM with these FREE STEM resources for arts & music to explore and engage with your curious kids at home.
Why STEM and STEAM?
Many homeschooling parents are intimidated by STEM, and it is understandable. If you are like me, you struggle to maintain lessons for each subject separately, let alone all together.
Once I got into the swing of homeschooling, I began to explore unit studies. Unit studies helped me to incorporate different subjects together and for both my children at the same time. I now sprinkle unit studies throughout the year to break up the monotony in our homeschool.
Unit studies are what made me curious about STEM. Initially, I thought STEM was about just sticking all the subjects together as I did with the unit studies, but it was so much more.
My kids and I learned that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) was more of a way of learning. It helps kids experience real-life situations that include troubleshooting and critical thinking. I love it. It is hugely satisfying to watch children work through STEM activities.
The Arts and Music in STEM
Once you work with STEM activities, you understand the necessity for the arts. The component of the arts rounds out the other subjects perfectly. The arts add creativity, design, and discovery to STEM.
My children, like many other kids, enjoy art and music. These components to STEM (STEAM) provide an element of innovation and creative interests to high-level learning. It’s impressive just how much children learn with STEM and the additional aspect of the arts rounds out their whole way of thinking.
The Americans for the Arts’ research reports that kids who are engaged in the arts a minimum of three days per week are four times more likely to do better academically than kids who do not engage in the arts. Art and music are clearly beneficial for our children.
In real-life situations, various disciplines are required. It is crucial for us to think from a multidisciplinary view to come up with the best outcomes. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) is an excellent source for a well-rounded education.
There are significant benefits for introducing and tackling STEM and STEAM in your homeschool.
These are just a few reasons I add it to my lessons periodically:
1. It has gotten my children interested in science, engineering, and yes, even math through projects and experiments.
2. STEAM helps kids think outside of the box by encouraging creativity and improving critical thinking skills.
3. It gives children the confidence to tackle tough challenges. They learn to begin from ground zero and build from there.
4. Kids feel more in control of their learning experience.
5. Learners can see how multiple disciplines work together for a complete learning experience.
6. My son is a hands-on learner, and STEM/STEAM are perfect for him.
Your kids can use these FREE STEM Resources for Arts & Music to start exploring higher-level activities. Here are a few resources to start with:
FREE STEM Resources for Music
Technology in the Music Classroom for FREE | That Music Teacher
FREE “Once Upon a STEM” Story, Journal, and Making a Harmonica Challenge| Education to the Core
Homemade Pan Flutes for Kids with FREE Printable Recording Sheet | Buggy and Buddy
FREE 3-5 Music Lesson: Boomwhackers and Science | Becca’s Music Room
STEM Sampler Pack with Sound STEM Challenge and Engineering FREE Graphic Organizer | Meredith Anderson – Momgineer
Simple Sensory STEM for Toddlers and Preschoolers | Team Cartwright
Music Themed Escape Room with FREE Printables | Life with Moore Babies
Making Musical Instruments STEAM | There’s Just One Mommy
FREE STEM Resources for Arts
Watercolor and Pipette Science and Art Integration | Mrs. Harris Teaches
Math Art with a Möbius Strip |What Do We Do All Day?
Geometric Math Art with Circles | Teach Beside Me
Art and Math Lesson| One Happy Art Teacher
40+ Projects that combine STEM with Art!| Pink Stripey Socks
Make Math FUN! Add a Splash of Art! | Literacy Loves Company
Flower Blooming FREE Lesson and Activity | Mystery Science
35 Lessons that Explore the Beautiful Pairing of Math and Art | The Art of Education
Top 4 Free Art Apps and Programs | Study Breaks
STEAM Creations Challenge with Paper and Straws | Fantastic Fun and Learning
FREE Building Shapes STEM Cards | The STEM Laboratory
Design A Fantasy Animal | Happy Healthy Messy
Watercolour and Salt. Science and Art Exploration for Kids | Learn with Play at Home
STEM Challenge for Kids: Design a Paper Plate Marble Maze | Buggy and Buddy
Salt Crystal Leaves: Fun STEM Science Activity | Living Well Mom
FREE Art Lessons on Youtube for Homeschoolers | Wander Homeschooling
7 Free Drawing Apps for your Students and Kids ( iOS ) | Educators Technology
Rainbow Science Experiments | Fantastic Fun and Learning
18 STEAM Projects| Smith Curriculum and Consulting
Flower Tessellation Activity for Kids (FREE Printable Template) | Frugal Fun 4 Boys
Grab these resources to help your students STEAM in your homeschool:
FREE STEAM Activity Pack! | STEAM Powered Family
STEM and STEAM are for all our kids.
Don’t let STEM or STEAM intimidate you. No, we aren’t rocket scientists, we aren’t engineers. Yet the resources we find online can help us to practice STEAM activities with ease and intersperse them throughout your homeschool year.