Spotlight on Young Children: Exploring Science
About the Book
Children’s early science experiences are the foundation for future science learning and comprehension. Spotlight on Young Children: Exploring Science supports children’s science explorations from infancy through age 8 with
- Ideas for science-rich environments
- Hands-on activities that promote young learners’ investigations and discovery
- Teaching approaches and child-initiated projects that introduce children to scientific and engineering practices along with concepts in the physical, life, and earth and space sciences and in engineering and technology
This book features a collection of articles from NAEYC’s journal Young Children and is part of NAEYC’s best-selling Spotlight series—great resources for the college classroom and for professional learning.
Amy Shillady is the former journal editor for NAEYC’s award-winning Young Children. She facilitated the peer review process, performed developmental editing of articles, and served as the primary editor for journal columns.
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
As demonstrated in the collection of articles in this book, active sensory exploration integrated with the arts across disciplines encourages habits of mind that empower children to investigate, make connections to their world, and become problem solvers and lifelong learners.
—Lori A. Phillips, Associate Director of Professional Development, Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts