“Scientific observation then has established that education is not what the teacher gives; education is a natural process spontaneously carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words but by experiences upon the environment.” ~ Maria Montessori
I am a sucker for a good go-to reference book for seeking out activities for my young children. I've collected these books for learning science with kids over time from various recommendations throughout my Montessori training and library discoveries. I recommend these books for teaching and learning science with kids because of the activities and the general approach to teaching and learning.
Books for Learning Science with Kids
Oobleck, Slime & Dancing Spaghetti combines reading & science! Perfect for the home environment!
Teaching the Three R's: Through Movement, Experiences contains wonderful suggestions to teach children a myriad of concepts using the brain/body approach. Great for younger children, especially!
Science Experiences for the Early Childhood Years: An Integrated Affective Approach is a great resource for inquiry-based learning classrooms. The approach makes it easy to integrate the lessons into the children's learning. Plus children love the hands-on activities.
Crime Lab Chemistry is enough to hook a child! Specifically, the book deals with gas chromatography by way of ink pens. Cool activities that kids love!
Bartholomew and the Oobleck is the perfect book to introduce kids to chemistry. This classic Dr. Seuss is fun and will ignite children's desire to learn more.
101 Science Poems & Songs for Young Learners is a robust resource to help not only teach children about the wonders of science but to keep them interested by having fun!
Where Puddles Go: Investigating Science with Kids introduces basic chemistry yo kids. The approach is a good one introducing topics then giving the opportunity to explore the topic through experiments. Finally, there are questions to push thinking and opportunities for more advanced experiments.
Classroom Critters and the Scientific Method is a wonderful exploration of the scientific method.
What are your recommendations?