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Award-winning Math worksheets, Science workbooks, STEM Science toys for Kids - critical skills for success in this fast-changing world.

Our kids Maths workbooks, often referred to as Math worksheets, as well as English and Science workbooks are based on the renowned Singapore’ approach. It has consistently produced the top students worldwide (learn about Singapore’s No.1 global ranking by the OECD & United Nations).

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Why it works

Maths & Science are disciplines that often cause anxiety in children, often also with their parents. As a result many children take to other learning pursuits in their teens, to get away from their discomfort with these subjects. This is needless in many cases, because if handled with thought and care, particularly in the early years, most children grow to be at ease with these subjects. As a result they learn to view them as important life skills.

Especially relevant is the key role parents play in their children’s success. Most of all, it takes only a half-hour of ‘Funwork‘ a day with our Maths workbooks, Science workbooks, STEM toys to keep school blues at bay.

 

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Most noteworthy, they are ideal for home study. They stress students’ foundation skills, introducing beginners to basic concepts concretely, using models, diagrams and pictures. In addition, students as young as Year 1 begin learning multiplication and division, and start performing simple pictorial algebra by Year 4.

Our kids Maths workbooks, often referred to as math worksheets, as well as English and Science workbooks come in graduated series from Year 1 to 6. They typically include worked examples to help your child understand new concepts. In addition, the Math worksheets provide a rich supply of word problems & exercises to reinforce concepts & skills they have learnt.

Especially relevant, children are gradually introduced to often threatening concepts such as algebra, not realising that’s what they are encountering. Furthermore, the workbooks are designed to provide fun and excitement through lively and colourful pictures and activities.

 

Our Award-winning STEM Science Toys

To provide a balanced learning foundation, TheBalancedChild complements the workbooks with a specially selected range of STEM toys: Coding for Kids, Science Toys, Electronic Science & Mechanical /Engineering Toys. They augment the intellectual book learning with experiential learning.

 

What is STEM?

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths

The focus of STEM learning is the relationship between these four subjects. Underlying STEM-thinking is the need to identify real-world needs and their solutions, with a focus on problem solving. This is particularly relevant for the rapidly evolving world we live in, with implications for economies and the workforce of the future.

 

Why STEM Toys?

The STEM science toys (Coding for kids, Science toys, Electronics & Mechanics / Engineering toys) provide experiential learning to anchor the intellectual learning from the books.

STEM toys encourage children to explore the world around them. They develop skills in problem-solving, designing and building. STEM learning is most effective when it happens both in & outside school. Most of all, what engages kids outside school? Toys, of course.

Is there a future scientist, engineer, mathematician or global leader in your family? We are proud to bring you this specially selected range of STEM toys because they have clear goals, and encourage kids to acquire all-important STEM skills while having fun.

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AI (Artificial Intelligence) – So What’s All The Fuss About?

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TED-Ed: The Power of ‘Creative Contraints’

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Kids Can Code with Ease – TED Talk

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STEM, Artificial Intelligence & Future Jobs

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Any Kid Can Code

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The wonder of HOLOGRAMS

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Left-brained or Right-brained?

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Bright Young Aussies to Work with NASA

Reading Time: 1 minuteAs part of a broader Victorian government initiative to engage students in STEM, the US space agency NASA is advising the state on a ‘world first’ quantum computing program for high-achieving year 10 students. STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) is more than just about seeking a career as a future scientist or engineer. Research indicates that 75% of the fastest growing future occupations will require STEM skills. The growing field of …

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TED Talks – From STEM to STEAM

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National Science Week – STEM Science Toys and Games

Reading Time: 1 minuteCoding – Electronics – Mechanics for children Why STEM Toys? Is there a future scientist, technologist, engineer, mathematician or global leader in your family? STEM toys encourage children to develop skills in the core STEM disciplines. STEM learning is most effective when it happens both in and outside school. And what engages kids outside school? TOYS, of course. What is STEM? Educators, governments and thinkers worldwide agree that the way …

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TED Talk – “Learn to Code. Code to Learn”

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Future Proofing our children

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Kids’ Science: Is the ‘Roof’ of the Earth really North?

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Accidental Australian Math Scientist

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Is there a problem with Australian schooling?

Reading Time: 1 minuteA new report by Prof Geoff Masters, CEO of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) warns that Australian schools are in trouble and students will continue to slip behind in reading, maths and science unless there is urgent action from all governments. The top 10 per cent of Australian 15 year-olds now perform at about the same level in maths as the top 40 to 50 per cent of students in …

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TED Talk : Inspiring the next generation of female engineers – STEM

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Why Kids Should Learn to Code Early

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STEM Graduates Earn The Most

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STEM and The National Innovation and Science Agenda

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A Different Approach to Teaching Children

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STEM – and the Australian Govt’s Innovation Initiative

Reading Time: 1 minuteA key element of the Government’s latest Innovation Initiative: STEM – Science Technology Engineering Maths Over the next 4 years, the Australian government will invest significant sums to inspire Australians to digital literacy and STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths), a key part of the new Innovation Initiative. It aims to make STEM a core element of the early learning curriculum, upgrade teachers’ digital skills, and boost the participation of girls …

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Why STEM – Science Technology Engineering Maths?

Reading Time: 2 minutesExperts predict 75% of the fastest growing occupations will require STEM skills – STEM – Science Technology Engineering Maths Leaders, thinkers and governments the world over agree that STEM is the way forward in this rapidly evolving world, with enormous implications for economies and the workforce of the future. The focus of STEM learning is the inter-relationship between the core disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – in a …

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Singapore tops latest OECD’s global school ranking

Reading Time: 2 minutesBiggest ever global school rankings published. Asian countries in the top 5 places, with Singapore again in 1st place. May 13, 2015 Extracts from: BBC   :  http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32608772 CNBC:  http://www.cnbc.com/id/102675364 Singapore heads the global table, followed by Hong Kong, S Korea, Japan and Taiwan. All these countries are categorized by the OECD as high-income Australia is in 14th place, with UK 20th and US 28th. The report, published by the OECD …

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