Spatial Intelligence is the ability to visualize, three-dimensional space, images, shapes, and more. It is a skill that is foundational in the study of STEAM and STEAM-related fields such as medicine and architecture. Developing a child's spatial intelligence requires children to work with their hands and to manipulate physical objects. Because physical space is a child's first exposure to spatial visualization, a solid grasp is required before a child can advance to digital and abstract visualization of systems. The LEGO building system is an excellent way to introduce youth to physical systems and one that we employ at SIMPLR very frequently.
To innovate is to do something that hasn’t been done before- it’s the bedrock for the advancement of our civilization. The ability to discover and implement new ways of doing and creating will ensure that your child is contributing to creating the future. Creativity and innovation work hand-in-hand and we at SIMPLR work diligently to plant and nurture those seeds by providing innovative learning solutions (i.e., events, classes) that inspire children to dream and endow the with the abilities and knowledge to build those dreams.
One of the most common of childhood experiences for creatives and engineers in particular, is the act of Making and un-Making. Playing with LEGOs, Transformers, and erector sets help children to build skills necessary for success in STEAM. On the other side, un-Making, is the act of dismantling toys and gadgets for the sake of learning how they work. Un-Making is an act driven by curiosity and helps to develop a child’s skills and knowledge about tools and simple assembly practices. Making also encompasses simple electronics such as Arduinos and basic programming skills.
Playing is how children express themselves- it is how they make sense of the world around them and begin to interact with it. We believe that Play is synonymous with Learning especially for young children. Far too often, in the learning environments of today, we have taken Play out of the equation. At SIMPLR, Play is at the core of HOW we engage with young learners as we believe that Learning and Playing should be indistinguishable from each other in a child's mind- this duality is how you create lifelong- learners.
The ability to read and interpret text is a foundational skill across all content areas and it is especially critical in STEAM- focused career fields. At SIMPLR we help children to develop the mindset and behavior of creatives in STEAM-related fields --that is, how one thinks, reads, writes, speaks, and performs as an engineer, scientist, technologist, mathematician, or problem solver. This literacy focus is yet another example of how we value the relationship between learning and doing.
Reasoning is the ability to think logically and to draw conclusions from facts and premises. As we seek to develop the problem solvers of the future, reasoning is another core attribute that we work to strengthen here at SIMPLR. For young learners, the ability to reason well will help them in areas beyond STEAM and can pay dividends in life decisions, too. At SIMPLR we consistently challenge a child's reasoning and urge them to think beyond what they currently know. A solid foundation in reasoning pushes children to seek out further information to support their conclusions and to remain open to new possibilities.