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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Gryphon House (May 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876592728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876592724
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If you have been looking for top-notch, sound, classroom-tested science lessons, this is the book. Highly Recommended." -- Education Oasis

"…Children will learn to think like the scientists as they engage in favorite activities..." -- Book Links

"…Some of the activities in this book are so simple you won’t believe you’re ‘doing science’…" --National Parenting Publications

About the Author

Peggy Ashbrook has been teaching science to preschoolers since 1988 when she became a registered family home childcare provider. Based on her experiences as a parent, family home childcare provider, and preschool teacher, Peggy developed and teaches a preschool science course to introduce two-, three-, and four-year-old children to scientific inquiry. Her goal is to encourage children to wonder and to look for answers themselves. She conducts workshops for teachers who work with young children to promote teaching science in their classrooms.

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I love this book and have recommended it to other homeschooling moms.
Mrs H
The book contains so many wonderful experiments, ideas, suggestions, and possibilities it is hard to know where to begin.
Education Oasis
This activities book is outstanding for preschool teachers to help make science fun and understandable.
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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
What a fun book! My family and I have had a great time exploring the world around us through this engaging book. The book is very easy to follow, the instructions are clear, and best of all, the hands-on activities are wonderful! This book has offered my children a chance to work together and participate in a wide variety of fun projects. Making slime and blasting-off rockets -- it doesn't get any better than that!!
Even though the book is aimed at preschoolers, my 8-year-old enjoys it just as much as my 4-year-old. They work together as a team. Because of the excellent illustrations, my 4-year-old looks through the book and points out activities that appeal to her. Then, my 8-year-old reads carefully through the directions and helps "supervise" the experiments.
I've found the book to be a great source of fun activities for us to do indoors and out. My kids might not realize that they're learning about science -- they're just having a great time playing! I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes to do hands-on projects with their kids. It would also be a great gift, especially for a preschool teacher!
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83 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Education Oasis on December 7, 2003
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"Crinkle, crinkle, crunchity, crunch, I love autumn leaves a bunch!" shout my preschoolers. We are in a nearby park gathering leaves and other material for upcoming activities at our classroom "sceince table." There we will be making leaf and tree bark rubbings along with nature collages. The students love this "sensory" walk, and so do I. Planning the lesson was a snap, thanks to Peggy Ashbrook and her excellent book, Science is Simple.
The book contains so many wonderful experiments, ideas, suggestions, and possibilities it is hard to know where to begin. Each lesson includes objectives, hints, a list of materials needed, enrichment activities, resources, a list of books to read, ideas of "what to talk about," and, thoughtfully, a "Note Home to Families" which describes the concept under investigation.
Unlike some other books of this type, Science is Simple includes a multitude of open-ended questions which guide the student toward self-discovery and creative thinking.
If you have been looking for top-notch, sound, classroom-tested science lessons, this is the book. Highly Recommended.
Reviewed by the Education Oasis staff.
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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 13, 2003
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While working on a preschool science curriculum project, I have recently read through loads of books on this subject and I have to say this book is GREAT! Lots of FUN activities (arranged by theme) with concrete ideas for teaching scientific reasoning with each, suggested book lists, ideas for independent play at the science table, getting parents involved etc. Best of all, the activities encourage little ones to explore their world with curiosity and empowers them by showing them how to answer questions using "guess, test, observe, reflect".
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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful By FroggyMama on August 27, 2010
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If you are a parent, looking for science activities for your kids, this is most definitely not the book for you. If you are a homeschooler or teacher, then it might be more appropriate. Simple is not a page-long essay about how to look at a cricket with a magnifying glass. Simple is fun, easy, and exciting. Well - at least for preschoolers. So if you want a truly simple science book for your preschooler, I suggest "Science Play" by Jill Frankel Hauser. If you want to set up a detailed curriculum of activities for your kids; complete with listed objectives, where to conduct the experiments, step-by-step instructions, questions to ask, discussion points, and follow-up activities - this book might be just what you need.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Atkinson on September 16, 2008
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The ideas presented for exploration in this book are simple and accessible to even a non-science minded person. I especially like the children's book suggestions pertaining to the topic - it gives me some resources for further "research" with the kids. Unlike many curricula-type books it is not particulary designed for multi-child experience... so for me and my 2 kids it is very easy to use with little adaptation for homeschool work.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mrs H on June 27, 2013
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I love this book and have recommended it to other homeschooling moms. We have done ten of the lessons and all I have bought is a magnet kit (I started using this when my child was 3 1/2). A lot of the lessons require you to gather simple things around the house. Sometimes you need things that you have to think about in advance (like I need to save that next cardboard tube from the toilet paper), but most everything is quite common. Most of the recommended books are available at our local library, and I would say a library card is a must when using this book. We do a lesson approximately every two weeks and as soon as we finish one, I began reading what I need for the next and requesting the books (our library often has to request them from another library in our network and that takes a week or so). I think the experiments are so simple and yet there is so much a child can learn. The lessons leaves me thinking, why didn't I think of that?, yet I never have! I must admit I wasn't fond of science in school, but I am loving teaching it. I wish I had science lessons like this as a young child.
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