Tuesday, December 28, 2010

What is it made of I was not pursuing science very actively in 2010, since I thought that daughter was really too young to appreciate it. Sure, we did some experiments here and there, and she loves to watch Sid the Science Kid, but just now she develops a lot more interest in a true scientific approach of forming a hypothesis, testing it and learning something. She also loves to read non-fictional books that explain how things work. When I brought What Is It Made Of? by David Glover from the library, she sneaked it into her room and spent two Dec25_ScienceBook evenings reading it from start to finish. The book contains many experiments designed to introduce young scientists to materials and their properties as well as to using materials for different purposes. There is also a separate section on experiments with water. I gave Anna some sticky notes and asked her to select experiments that she found interesting. It was quite illuminating, because she was quite decisive in her selections and Dec25_ScienceBook2 often didn’t select what I thought was interesting. The book is nicely designed for younger scientists with very engaging illustrations and clear instructions. Many experiments also “double up” as art projects – so I decided that I am going to get this book at Amazon and use it extensively in 2011. Hopefully I can start contributing again to “Science Sunday” at Adventures in Mommydom. As you can see from bookmarks, we have a lot of experiments to go through :)

14 comments:

littlewondersdays said...

ohhh, that looks like a good pick. We like most of the DK science books like this.

Christy said...

Oh, looks like we have to get this book too!!!!!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Well! Now I have to go back, and look - I don't think we saw that one last summer, when we were looking at science books. It's amazing how many science for kids books there are.

I can't even imagine what C would choose if I let her direct the science choices - is there a section of purple experiments? Those would probably be the ones she'd pick :)

Brimful Curiosities said...

The DK books have such nice illustrations. Looks like a great science book for young kids. If you see any particularly interesting experiments you'll have to let us know. My daughter has a science fair in the beginning of Feb and we need to decide on a project soon.

Mom and Kiddo said...

I was really gung ho about science a while back, but then I got a bit slack. Now he does it in school so I am even less motivated. I should find a couple things to do here and there, however.

Ticia said...

I can't wait to see what you're going to do!

We're hoping to get back into the swing of things here. Honestly it throws me off so much when Jeff is home from work.

Pathfinder Mom said...

This looks very interesting. TB loves science and I absolutely love that you let Anna pick out the experiments that she is interested in.

Infant Bibliophile said...

This sounds great. I look forward to your posts. We can copy you in a couple of years. :)

Joyful Learner said...

Good idea to let her choose. We'll have to do more science projects in the New Year with the books we already own.

Debbie said...

I am going to have to look and see if we can get our hands on this science book. Leah recommended one that we did like, but we are still undecided on which direction we are going to go with science.

Kim said...

Our library doesn't have this - please let us know if the experiments work and she enjoys them. I've had bad luck with the last few science books we've tried, so I won't buy this without good reviews from you. But if it's good, I want it!

Our Homeschool Fun said...

Again, another awesome book that I hope to get!! You find the best books, thank you for always sharing them!

I hope you, Anna and Lars have much fun learning and "playing" through this book!

Eva said...

nice, I'm going to see if my library carries this :)

MaryAnne said...

What a great book - I'll have to look for a copy. Great thinking to have Anna select the experiments she was most interested in, too.