Thursday, April 21, 2011

Science Experiments for Young Learners

Science Experiments for Young Learners is a great resource for teaching science to the 4-7 year old age range. The book contains over 120 simple experiments that are conducted using mostly everyday items that are simple to collect. A broad range of concepts in physical science, life science, and earth and space science are demonstrated through a combination of demonstrations and simple experiments children can complete themselves.

Each experiment is shown in a two page spread. The right hand page is a worksheet that can be completed by the child either during or after the experiment. Sometimes the page is necessary, but often a parent could just talk with their child about their observations.  The left hand page includes a statement describing the concept, a short description of the experiment, a step by step explanation of how to perform the experiment, suggestions for follow-up questions and explorations, and a complete list of materials.

Most of the experiments can be completed in 15-20 minutes, although some require several days of observation (this is particularly true in the life science experiments).

This book is a great resource and could provide either the main lessons in a early childhood science curriculum or be a supplement to an existing text.

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