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Science Adventures: Nature Activities for Young Children Paperback – May 1, 2008


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  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Gryphon House (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876590156
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876590157
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Elizabeth Sherwood, Ed.D., is a regular contributor to the science section of Children and Families, a quarterly magazine for teachers published by the National Head Start Association. She has worked with both teachers and young children in a variety of early childhood settings, including early childhood special education, childcare, and state-funded pre-kindergarten. Robert Williams is the author of numerous books and articles addressing early childhood science and environmental education. He is in demand as a speaker and has traveled and conducted workshops throughout the United States, Asia, Europe, and Australia. He has also been a frequent guest on radio and television programs where he discusses science and environmental issues. Robert Rockwell is the author of numerous books and articles addressing early childhood topics, including science education, language and literacy, fitness and nutrition, and parent involvement. He has conducted workshops throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia. He has been a frequent guest on radio and television programs advocating for young children and their caregivers.

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By Ember on September 10, 2013
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The book provides lots of easy-to-follow suggestions for science projects to do with children, and many of the ideas would, in fact teach young children lessons that would be valuable in the science world. However, it was not what I was expecting. First, the book was clearly written for a classroom rather than a family. Many of the lessons talk about having each child in the class do a particular thing. Many could be easily adapted to a family, but the book was not written for one. Secondly (and more importantly), the projects were largely not very interesting. The physical science chapter actually contained many good ideas, and I am interested in trying some of them out. In the other chapters though, not so much. Most of the projects focused on describing items in nature using all one's senses, classifying things by a particular characteristic, or learning to measure. It is true that the ability to observe, describe, measure, and classify are important in science, but they feel like homework. Science should be fun and exciting. It should be about making hypotheses and testing them and about learning new concepts and trying to figure out how the world works. That was more the kind of experiment I was hoping for here. I would hope that observing and measuring would come as a sideline to other things that get kids excited about science.
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