Science in the Early Years: Building Firm Foundations from Birth to Five
Publication Year: 2010
Giving early years practitioners and students the confidence to effectively support scientific exploration and investigation with young children, this book explains the science behind young children's knowledge and understanding of the world.
Linking theory to practice and the Early Years Foundation Stage, the emphasis throughout the book is on recognizing young children as competent, creative thinkers, and building on their ideas. The book is packed with critical questions and opportunities for reflection, to encourage the reader to think carefully about the role of the adult in supporting child-initiated learning and discovery.
The authors look at all the key areas of scientific knowledge, and provide practical ideas suitable for babies, children aged 2 years, and children aged 3 to 5 years. There is also advice on using observations ...
- Front Matter
- Back Matter
- Subject Index
- Part 1
- Chapter 1: Supporting Young Children's Scientific Learning
- Chapter 2: Creating a Science Rich Environment
- Chapter 3: Living things
- Chapter 4: Habitats and Sustainability
- Chapter 5: The Structure of the Human Body and Healthy Living
- Chapter 6: Materials
- Chapter 7: Forces
- Chapter 8: Air and Water
- Chapter 9: Magnets and Magnetism
- Chapter 10: Electricity
- Chapter 11: Sound
- Chapter 12: Light, Colour and Shadow
- Chapter 13: The Earth
© Pat Brunton and Linda Thornton 2010
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The authors are grateful to all the early years practitioners who have shared their experiences of supporting babies and young children as explorers and investigators.
About the Authors[Page vii]
Pat Brunton is a research scientist by training, with a postgraduate degree in virology. She has extensive experience of the early years field and provides training for a wide variety of audiences including school governors, teachers, early years and childcare practitioners and children's centre professionals. She is a director of alc associates, an early years training and consultancy company, and the author of a range of publications.
Linda Thornton has over thirty years’ experience in education as a teacher, headteacher, adviser and lead officer for early years. She is passionate about developing children's thinking and learning, valuing creative learning environments and encouraging educators to think about the ‘why’ as well as the ‘how’ in their approach to teaching. Linda is a director of alc associates and the author of many books and publications for early years professionals.
Pat and Linda provide keynote presentations and workshops at conferences and consultancy and training for local authorities, schools and early years settings across the UK.
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