5 Ways to Inspire Your Budding Architect
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Tip #1: Read them a STEM Book about Architect
There are many things you can do to expose your little one to the world of architecture. You can start with a STEM book by Andrea Beaty called Iggy Peck Architect. She has written three marvelous books: Iggy Peck Architect, Rosie Revere Engineer, and Ada Twist Scientist. Iggy Peck Architect is about a little boy who LOVES to build. As a toddler, he began his architecture journey using resources that were around him, which included diapers and glue! He also created a very impressive replica of the Sphinx.
Iggy faced opposition from his teacher at school, but in the end Iggy is able to convince her of the awesomeness of architecture. So this book teaches a good lesson that even if you face opposition, if you want to do something or be something, just keep pressing forward.
Tip #2: Use A Website Where You Can Find Lessons About Architecture
There’s an awesome website that has free engineering lessons and activities. Using this website, my children and I talked about the differences between an architect and engineer and how they work together. I went to the Dollar Store and bought cardboard and let the kids make their own houses. See my blog post about this Free Engineering Curriculum Website to learn how you can get access to free engineering lessons. These lessons are very thorough and include learning objectives, background information, and vocabulary words. Remember, try to STEM with Purpose as much as possible.
Tip #3: Add In Some History
Show your kids how architecture has changed over the years. After a lesson about simple machines, my children and I watched a video about how the Great Pyramids were built. When talking about architecture, this is a great time to include a history lesson about a structure that was built long ago. For example, you could also talk about the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the mistakes in its construction.
Tip #4: Introduce Your Kids to an Architect
Another awesome thing you could do is to introduce your kids to an architect. Use google, and find a local architect or ask your friends if they know any architects. I’m pretty sure that you can find an architect that would be willing to spend a little time with your child and show your child a little bit of what they do. This would also be a great way to ask a real architect tips about things you can do to foster learning in this area.
Tip #5: Let Your Kids Build Something
Your kids have learned about what an architect does in a structured lesson. You have shown him how architecture has changed over the years. You have inspired him with a cool fictional STEM book, and you have even introduced him to an architect (or plan to in the near future). Now, give your child some building blocks or some other cool building pieces, and let them BUILD!
A Typical Week Learning About Architecture
So if you want to set a week aside to learn about architecture, you could begin the week with some inspiring books about architecture such as Iggy Peck Architect. Then you could do a lesson learning about architects from www.teachengineering.com. Next, you could do an activity where your kids draw their own blueprints and build something. You can also incorporate some videos or books about famous buildings from the past, and then you could end the week by actually meeting an architect!
The sky is the limit. Have fun learning with your kids about the field of architecture!
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