Synopses & Reviews
Children will gain mastery of the basic science process skills--observation, inference, and prediction--while exploring the first environment they encounter--their very own bodies. This unique book connects literacy to science in the early childhood classroom, and promotes the development of systematic decision-making in young children.
"This is a great source of information about the body with an enormous number of activities to help little children discover their bodies. It's a wonderful resource for teachers and parents of children ages 3-6 to promote self-discovery." - Children's Book Review Service, Inc., New York
"Each activity is accompanied by a step-by-step guide, things you will need, and ideas on expanding the activity. The book opens with extremely brief discussions of the integration of science with children and offers sound advice." - Young Children
"... designed for an age group often ignored in elementary science. I highly recommend this book for the primary grades." - Science and Children
Children discover the magic of science in their own bodies.
Children discover the magic of science as they learn about their bodies. 286 instantaneous activities and ideas promote skills such as observation, inference, and prediction. A vital resource for developing a basic foundation in scientific concepts.
About the Author
Robert Rockwell has many years of experience as a teacher and administrator at preschool, elementary, and college levels. He is in demand as a speaker and has traveled and conducted workshops throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia. He has been a frequent guest on radio and television programs advocating for young children and their caregivers. Currently, Robert is professor emeritus and former program director of the early childhood education program at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. He has experience as a speech pathologist, teacher of the hearing impaired, and as an administrator. He has been a research consultant for the University of Chicago and has also served as a Head Start director. Robert is a prolific writer with many published articles and books available throughout the world. He is currently the science section contributor for Children and Families, a quarterly magazine published by the National Head Start Association. Robert Williams is Professor Emeritus at Southern Illinois University. He is currently acting as lead consultant for the NSF-funded Building Base Line Objectives for Childrens Knowledge and Skills in Science (BLOCKS) program at the University of Texas. The teachers and researchers in BLOCKS are assessing what skills four-year-olds can attain before they enter kindergarten. Elizabeth Sherwood, Ed.D., is currently Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She is a regular contributor to the science section of Children and Families, a quarterly magazine for teachers published by the National Head Start Association. She has worked with both teachers and young children in a variety of early childhood settings, including early childhood special education, childcare, and state-funded pre-kindergarten.