- Paperback: 392 pages
- Publisher: Outskirts Press; F First Edition Used edition (November 16, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1432706101
- ISBN-13: 978-1432706104
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.8 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 66 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding: A Science Curriculum for K-2 F First Edition Used Edition
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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.
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Then he proceeds to higher level concepts, building step by step to the next level. Each step uses the same approach: give students real world experiences and activities to illustrate the principles, and then guide discussion and questions to ensure they are grasping the material. For each of the 41 units, he includes recommended additional books and resources. Each of the experiments or activities has been thoughtfully planned to be doable in any classroom or homeschool setting with a minimum of materials.
He also makes a point to make connections between lower level and higher level concepts, and connections between the different branches of science. This guide can help a child understand the world in which he lives, and grasp the basic principles of science in a first handed way. I wish I had been exposed to such a curriculum as a child, rather than a haphazard mish-mash of flashy, gimmicky science tricks and tons of rote memorization. This is science that will stick!
After several months with Dr. Nebel's book, I am amazed at how much even my four-year-old understands and remembers about scientific concepts. Last night I was tucking him into bed, and he told me that "when you hear, the sound vibrations go in through that thing that curves around, and it sends them to your brain, and your brain decides what they are. So if you didn't have a brain, you wouldn't be able to hear. Your brain is what is deciding that this is me talking." We certainly did cover the BFSU chapter on Sound Vibrations and Energy about a month ago, and he was narrating back to me what he had learned. Fascinating.
I love pretty much everything about this curriculum, including the fact that Dr. Nebel is active in answering questions on the useful email list. He has separated the book into four threads (Nature of Matter, Life Science, Physical Science, and Earth and Space Science), which are meant to be taught in an integrated manner.
There is a flowchart at the beginning, showing how the threads intersect, to which I refer frequently. The chapters are easy to integrate into the kinds of real-life discussions we thrive on as homeschoolers. The best thing of all is that there are two more books after this one, covering grades 3-5 and grades 6-8.
I love, love, love BFSU, and it seems like I'm recommending it to someone new at least every week. A thousand thank yous to Dr. Nebel, and everyone else who contributes on the forum!
We started the book when my son was 5 (Kindergarten) and will be using it through 2nd grade. My 4 year old daughter is joined in about halfway through the book and has been able to grasp the concepts thanks to the simple demonstrations.