|For Immediate Release: July 9, 2013||
New Book Showcases Ideas for Teaching Science in the Early Childhood Classroom
Spotlight on Young Children: Exploring Science shares ideas to help teachers develop children’s scientific inquiry and exploration.
“Spotlight on Young Children: Exploring Science shows what exceptional science teaching looks like in action for all young children. It is an outstanding resource that will provide guidance for both novice and experienced teachers as they engage children in rich, in-depth investigations.”
— Elizabeth A. Sherwood, Associate Professor, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
“Whether touching cicada shells, looking closely at sand, or rolling balls on ramps, the children in the examples actively build scientific knowledge and skills as they use reading, writing, and measuring to record what they notice and discussion to reflect on those observations. The study guide section—a series of questions and follow-up activities—will help you reflect on and strengthen your practices.”
— Peggy Ashbrook, preschool science teacher and author of Science Is Simple: Over 250 Activities for Preschoolers
WASHINGTON —The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is pleased to announce the publication of Spotlight on Young Children: Exploring Science, edited by Amy Shillady. In the newest addition to NAEYC’s Spotlight series, teachers of children from infancy through age 8 will learn how to support children’s science explorations.
Children’s early science experiences are the foundation for future science learning and comprehension—throughout school and life. Science exposure helps young children understand science content -- how things work—as well as the process of scientific inquiry. In this book, teachers will discover ideas for science-rich environments and hands-on experiences that promote young learners’ investigations and discovery.
The book consists of articles that address how teachers can create environments that promote children’s interest in science, including --
- toddlers’ child-guided approaches for the exploration of insects and other small creatures in an outdoor area,
- strategies for integrating STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and nature-based play and physics in the preschool classroom,
- kindergarten teachers connecting science and literacy, and strategies for addressing multiple learning styles through an inquiry-based approach,
- family engagement activities with children from infancy through age 8, and
- a professional development guide with questions and activities to help teachers/readers reflect on current science teaching practices and incorporate new ones.
The authors of the articles used the National Research Council’s A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas as the foundation for their ideas.
The book is part of NAEYC’s Spotlight series—compilations from Young Children on key topics for early childhood educators. These best-selling books are useful resources for the college classroom and for professional development. Teacher educators and professional development specialists can use the study guides to facilitate learning, while readers can use the study guides individually or in small groups with colleagues or fellow students.
Founded in 1926, the National Association for the Education of Young Children is the largest and most influential advocate for high-quality early care and education in the United States.