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Teach Your Child Science: Making Science Fun for the Both of You Paperback – November, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-1565653474 ISBN-10: 1565653475 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 167 pages
  • Publisher: Lowell House; 2nd edition (November 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565653475
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565653474
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,440,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Georgina on December 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
I stumbled on this in local library. Went straight home and ordered one while I used the library copy for a month. I am a tertiary educated scientist but this really spelt out how to approach science for young children. If you have ever told your enquiring child that "thats just the way it is" or put it down to a divine inspiration - then this is for you. There is no surer way of ruining your child's future enquiring scientific mind than these sorts of pseudo explanations for things that you are uneducated about! And there is plenty that I feel uneducated about despite having the most expensive and classical education that the UK could offer!

So many great moments. One is the author's memory of his father reading to him about dinosaurs and stopping to draw a picture in his mind of how big the stats really are (imagine his head coming into the top floor window of the house except his head is too big to get into the window). Another is that a vast no. of Harvard grads have wrong concept of seasonal climate cause. Fantastic 3D demos of earth/moon/sun experiments. My 4 year old was very taken with Gallileo which I would never have thought of discussing with her until I read this book.

This book single handedly changed the way I deal with questions from young children.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By William McEwen on December 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
"Teach Your Child Science" is a useful and well written book.
Children are naturally curious about the world. With this book, you will help your child discover and understand aspects of astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, and phychology.
And there is much more here than many good, simple experiments. Science is more than an area of interest; a basic understanding of science and the scientific method helps us in all sorts of ways. Shermer helps you get your child on the path to rational thinking.
Shermer, like James Randi and Carl Sagan, is a strong voice against pseudoscience and the occult. He has written a book that is a building block to make your child a clear-thinking adult.
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More About the Author

Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Skeptic magazine ( and the Director of The Skeptics Society. He is a Visiting Associate at the California Institute of Technology, and hosts the Skeptics Lecture Series at Cal Tech. He has authored several popular books on science, scientific history, and the philosophy and history of science, including Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time, How We Believe: The Search for God in an Age of Science, and Denying History: Who Says the Holocaust Never Happened and Why Do They Say It? (with Alex Grobman). Shermer is also a radio personality and the host of the Fox Family Channel's Exploring the Unknown. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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