Academic journal article Science and Children

Talking and Doing Science in the Early Years

Academic journal article Science and Children

Talking and Doing Science in the Early Years

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Talking and Doing Science in the Early Years By Sue Dale Tunnicliffe. $35.95. 177 pp. Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. New York. 2013. ISBN: 9780415690904.

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Are you looking for activities to teach science concepts to young children? Do you need a quick review of science's big ideas as they relate to children ages 2-7? Then this is the book for you. It is jam-packed with numerous, simple activities that encourage young children to observe, question, and carry out their own investigations.

The author suggests the teachers talk science, using the correct science words, to young children as they do science. Learning science in the early years is a collaboration between the adults and the children. This guide provides educators with starting points to help develop play and talk with children. The goal is to provide experiences and the language of science so once children are taught, they will understand the theory by having had relevant experiences. The author believes that "curiosity is more important than the content knowledge. Observation is the key to beginning science and looking and noticing is the key." Much background is provided for early-years science. …

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