Do S.T.E.A.M. and S.T.E.M and Buckaroo Buckeye™ Have Anything in Common?
What I did on my summer vacation is a common theme when children return to the new school year! First, and foremost, Buckaroo hopes all kids used their summer break to maintain their reading skills and read great books to inspire and encourage and entertain. Here’s what Buckaroo Buckeye did over the summer break.
Kids have great growth spurts over the summer break, and just like kids, Buckaroo had a great growth spurt over the summer. Buckaroo Buckeye’s story of inspiration, encouragement and entertainment has grown. Buckaroo launched three new sequels in his series, ‘The Tree in Me’. Book-Eye Buckeye, Bauble-Brite Buckeye, and Yum-Nutty Buckeye. [Hint: the messages in the sequels do not fall far from the family tree.]
I don’t want to give Buckaroo’s story away, for those who have yet to read it, but Buckaroo searches the world to find his special place and had to rise above the bumps and bullies along the way. How, was he able to do this, you ask? Did he find his special place in the world? On his travels, Buckaroo learns the value of family and roots, education (reading being the strongest root to learning), culture, life experiences, and the important role they all play in everyone’s life journey of self-discovery. How does this all connect to S.T.E.A.M. and S.T.E.M.???
DID YOU KNOW?
- STEAM/STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) and literacy skills go hand in hand. There are many connections to the importance of our own individual ‘family trees’ and the many beautiful trees in our world of nature. T.E.A.M./S.T.E.M. is a great curriculum for children to learn all about their world, BUT budding scientists, engineers, technology innovators, artists, and mathematicians can’t comprehend complex texts and create new pathways of thinking and discovery if they can’t read!
- STEAM/STEM education and reading skills begin early on the path to success.
- By the end of third grade, students pivot from “learning to read” and begin “reading to learn” for comprehending more complex scientific concepts.
- Research demonstrates if children are not proficient readers by the end of third grade, they are four times more likely to drop out of school later. [Valerie Straus, “How to integrate literacy with STEM,” June 2012.]
- Science and math can improve the chances of reading proficiently by the end of third grade!
- Trees hold a very special place in the world of nature and the study of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics!
Trees begin their life journey from seeds. Trees grow mighty from nourishment and care just as we do from our family trees. Trees have roots and so do our family trees. Trees become images of their family and species. Trees grow strong and mighty through their roots. Roots sprout from a tiny seed and with proper nourishment from soil, air, sunlight, and water, the tree will thrive.
Buckaroo Buckeye is a tiny little nut-seed of the buckeye tree. He personifies the tiny ‘seed’ within each of us. This seed contains our roots, our hopes and dreams, interests and passions. With encouragement and nurture from our family, culture, education, and life experiences, our own roots sprout and grow strong and thrive and will help us to rise above the bumps and bullies and setbacks along the way as we search for our special place in the world.
Everyone on earth has at some point in their life stopped, or will stop, to enjoy the beauty of a tree. Trees provide habitats for all sorts of insects, birds, and other animals. Trees help to keep our air clean and our ecosystems healthy. As we breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide; trees breathe in our carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen for us. Trees have a sacred status in many cultures. Trees provide ingredients for cultural dishes. Trees play a role in stories, myths, and histories. Trees mark the location for social gatherings and meetings. Every State in the United States has a ‘State’ Tree. Do you know yours?
So, take time to get to know your neighborhood trees. Trees belong to families and people have family trees! Read Buckaroo’s stories and subscribe to Buckaroo’s Newsletter at https://buckaroobuckeye.com to see more connections of trees to S.T.E.A.M. and literacy!
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