Why, yes it can be!
With two little ones – a Kindergartner and a toddler, science needs to STAY simple. Both of my girls are hands-on learners, so that makes science REALLY fun in our house!
Because my girls are young, and because I believe exploration and hands-on activities (especially science!) is best, Science Is Simple is a great book for us!
Written by Peggy Ashbrook and having won the Learning Magazine’s Teachers’ Choice Award, Science Is Simple divides its experiments into lessons.
What Kinds Of Lessons Will My Child Learn From This Book?
Of course, just like with any tools or curriculum, it really depends on how you present the material and their curiosity, but here are a few of the great “lessons” listed in the Table of Contents:
- Magnets and Testing Hypotheses
- Year-Round Gardening
- What Do Seeds Need To Grow
- Why Do Some Tree Leaves Change Color?
- Stretch Your Senses on a Walk To A Nearby Park
- Compost Critters
- Spring-Flowering Bulbs…Are Planted In The Fall
- Corn and an Introduction to the Globe
- Winter Birds
- What is Melting
- What Can the Wind Do?
Why Is This Book Different From Other Science Textbooks?
Well, first off, it isn’t a textbook! Second, it’s written for Preschoolers and Kindergartners (although the activities can definitely be altered for older kids if you have siblings involved).
Science is Simple contains over 250 Activities and each Lesson is divided into different sections that give you tips for presenting the material to your child. And, if you struggle with what to say or the questions to ask, this book covers that too! Also included in each lesson is a section on other activity ideas and book ideas beyond the experiments to help supplement what they just learned.
Would I Recommend This Book?
Definitely! This is one of those resources that we’ll continue to use with all of our children. Whether you are a home-educator or you teach in a classroom, it’s great!
PS – Want to see one of our experiments from the book? Check out our mantis babies!
-Written by Ashley. Find more of Ashley’s writings and reflections on motherhood, marriage and life on her blog.