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Learning Science the Montessori Way

Teach Me to do it Myself by Maja Pitamic

This practical book is filled with fun, simple and inexpensive activities that you can do with your preschooler. Each activity has a picture next to its description, a numbered list of directions, a list of what you will need and similar activities to try. The book is divided into sections:

  • Life Skills
  • Developing the Senses
  • Language Development (including letters, word building, and first sentences)
  • Numeracy Skills (learning numerals, learning quantities, adding and subtracting numbers and quantities, and shopping number and numeral vocabulary)
  • Science Skills

Some examples of the activities are:

  • Distinguishing sounds with objects such as 2 pan lids or a jar of coffee to shake
  • Musical scales using 5 glass bottles with varying levels of water.
  • Discovering colors using paint color sample strips
  • Understanding volume and estimation with water in different glass sizes
  • Making land models with disposable dishes, paint and play dough

The book How to raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way has a chapter on exploring the wider world with the key idea that children are little scientists, with a drive for discovery. It includes ideas for working in the family garden, taking a walk in the forest, and making your own nature museum. Another chapter includes ways to build sensory awareness and sensory activities that help children learn such as texture matching.

Fun Science Books for Children!

Science experiments : shiny, slimy, stinky, shocking by Steve Parker.

Many fun and easy to create experiments for younger children are included in this book including light and color, slimy science, shocking science (static electricity) and lots and lots of stinky science using the sense of smell.

100 science experiments with paper by Steven W. Moje.

Lots of fun activities with paper, including a popping paper bag, a paper bull-roarer and a paper cup telephone!

Science in seconds with toys : over 100 experiments you can do in ten minutes or less by Jean Potter.

This book contains easy to do science experiments including some that are safe to use with preschoolers.  The categories are:

Reflecting, Refracting, and Glowing.
Mixing, Molding, and Stretching.
Rolling, Sliding, and Sticking.
Balancing, Swinging, and Spinning.
Throwing, Flying, and Falling.
Floating, Bouncing, and Pushing.
Plucking, Banging, and Blowing.

One example from the book is Friction Flurry, Why Will a Toy Car Roll Farther Than a Lump of Clay? Use a toy car, and a lump of clay to roll down a flat board to determine which rolls faster to explore the science of friction.

A great recipe for Play Plubber helps explain polymers to children and something the preschoolers would really enjoy playing with!

How Come by Kathy Wollard  answers many questions that preschoolers might have.

A few examples are:

Why does rain fall in drops?

Is it true no two snowflakes are exactly alike?

How come flowers have scents?

Why do some animals hibernate in winter?

How do birds sleep?

The answers are technical, but can be adapted for a preschooler’s understanding.

Super Science Concoctions by Jill Frankel Hauser is wonderfully illustrated and easy to follow.

Learn about water tension with water robots made from aluminum foil and a pan of water, try starched designs with string and starch or make spicy art with spices, paper and a bowl of water.

The Color Brown

 

 

This week’s storytime theme was the color brown.

The children enjoyed the book Brown: Seeing Brown All Around Us by Michael Dahl.  The children looked at each other’s eyes and talked about their eye colors as we read the page featuring brown eyes. Here’s a link to exploring eye colors in families.

http://thepreschooltoolboxblog.com/preschool-science-exploring-eye-colors-in-families/

The book featured several delicious brown foods.  A great science activity to pair with the color brown would be to create sensory containers with a variety of brown spices and flavors such as cinnamon and cloves, or coffee and cocoa. Here is a link to instructions and other sensory ideas.

http://www.saps.org.uk/attachments/article/194/SAPS%20-%20Using%20Your%20Nose%20-%20smell%20activities.pdf

This book also included a fun recipe for peanut butter clay.

Other books featuring the color brown:

What is Science?

What is Science? by Rebecca Kai Dotlich

From Sandy W.:

It’s a picture book (that is) a really good intro for young kids on the concept. It’s an older title but perfect for this summer (Fizz! Boom! Read!). I may use it for school visits.

What is ScienceThanks, Sandy!

NLA/NSLA

We had a wonderful time sharing all of our ideas at the NLA/NSLA Conference in Kearney Nebraska on October 10, 2013.

Thanks to Melody Kenney for the great photo of Kay, Peggy and Tami after the presentation!  Please feel free to send us all of those great ideas that you shared during the session to:  science@lincolnlibraries.org.

photo from nla

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