By receiving this comprehensive groundwork, I gained a newfound confidence enabling me to pass on the information to my children. -- Mary Soto, Hayes, VA
I have never seen an approach (especially to science) that is so well thought-out, so reasonable, so do-able, so inspirational. -- April Duritza, lunablog.net
This material far surpasses any other material I have come across (and I frequently do a lot of digging and research for my lesson plans). -- D. Schmidt, Kansas City, MO
From the Author
"Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding" is the product of four things:
My conviction that scientific literacy, which includes both factual information and ways of thinking and reasoning, is pivotal in our addressing global environmental issues;
My belief that scientific literacy can be improved by presenting science in logical, systematic increments that build thinking skills of inquiry (observation, questioning, reasoning, and interpretation) at the same time as they develop a broad base of knowledge and understanding concerning scientific facts and concepts;
My background, which includes over 40 years of experience in researching, teaching, and writing about all aspects of environmental science as well as working with children;
A passion for learning and teaching.
"Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding" is the resulting product. Lessons address all the major areas of science. Lessons build in systematic steppingstone increments so that there is a continual reinforcement and integration as learning advances. I am hopeful that this text will prove useful to teachers, homeschoolers, and parents interested in presenting science to beginning science learners, regardless of their age.
I stand by to offer tutorial assistance so far as I am able.
Bernard J. Nebel, Ph.D.