According to the dictionary enrichment is “an act of adding greater value or significance”. However, if you ask 10 different parents what it means to them, they would probably give you 10 different answers.
For me enrichment is about providing greater depth and meaning to what children (and adults) are learning. It is so much more than simply learning something sooner or at an accelerated pace. Enrichment stimulates and engages kids (and kids at heart) in multiple ways – visually, auditorially, kinesthetically, and emotionally. It exposes them to the possibilities of life while developing critical thinking skills and exciting their imaginations and sense of wonder. When possible, it even immerses kids in what they are learning so that ultimately, they create their own meaning about what they’re learning.
In achieving all of this, enrichment will make a child’s life more fulfilling. It won’t guarantee admission to an Ivy League university or that they will be financially successful, but I firmly believe that it enables kids to be happier, more well rounded, better problem solvers who understand and can adapt to the world around them.
I started Kids Need Enrichment in 2014 as a project to add more enrichment to to my own family’s life. My goal was to seek out and explore fun, engaging, and enriching experiences for my family and then share them with others. During this time I realized that families wanted to find more STEAM opportunities, which led to Kids Need Enrichment’s current focus on mentoring middle and high school-aged students to organize and run STEM / STEAM events and the SAIL Science Olympiad team. I’m always open to new ideas and opportunities so let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org) if there is anything in particular you want me to research and address.