Dialogue on Early Childhood Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education

Selected Resources

Activities and Resources for Parents

Allison, Linda, and Martha Weston. 1994. Pint-Size Science: Finding-out Fun for You and Your Young Child. Little Brown. Waltham, MA. ISBN 0–31603–467–3.

Hands-on science activities. A Brown Paper Preschool Book.

Borden, Marian Edelman. 1997. Smart Start: The Parents’ Complete Guide to Preschool Education. Facts on File. New York, NY. ISBN 0–81603–604–7.

Helps parents identify high-quality programs that provide preschoolers opportunities for successful learning experiences. Combines input from psychologists, preschool educators, and pediatricians with the experiences, stories, and insights of parents.

Carlson, Laurie. 1995. Green Thumbs. Chicago Review Press. Chicago, IL. ISBN 1–55652–238–X.

Hands-on nature activities that may be done indoors or outdoors. Activities include keeping a garden diary and making herbal soap and flower petal candy.

Cohen, Richard. 1997. Snail Trails and Tadpole Tails: Nature Education for Young Children. Redleaf Press. St. Paul, MN. ISBN 0–93414–078–2.

Hands-on science activities to teach nature to children.

Goin, Kenn, Eleanor Ripp, and Kathleen Nastasi Solomon. 1997. Bugs to Bunnies: Hands-on Animal Science Activities for Young Children. Gryphon House. Beltsville, MD. ISBN 0–94312–903–6.

Interdisciplinary hands-on activities about animals. Learn about camouflage, spider webs, and baleen whales, among others.

Harlan, Jean Durgin, and Carolyn Good Quattrocchi . 1994. Science As It Happens. Henry Holt & Company. New York. ISBN 0–8050–3061–1.

Family activities with children ages 4 to 8 that teach basic principles about the way the world works.

Kanter, Patsy F. 1992. Helping Your Child Learn Math. U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research Improvement. Washington, DC.

Activities for children aged 5 to 13.

Katz, Lilian. 1995. How Can Parents Identify a High Quality Preschool Program? ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education. Champaign, IL.

Offers parents tips on choosing a preschool program for their children. Includes descriptions of different needs of children and different types of programs.

Katz, Lilian G. 1987. What Should Young Children Be Learning? ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education. Champaign, IL.

Addresses such issues as appropriate teaching curriculum approaches and where parents can find out more about kindergarten practices.

Kohl, MaryAnn F., and Cindy Gainer. 1996. MathArts. Gryphon House. Beltsville, MD. ISBN 0–87659–177–2.

Hands-on math activities using creative arts to teach early math concepts such as one-to-one correspondence, sorting, grouping, classifying, opposites, number values, and number recognition. Selected activities available online at http://www.ghbooks.com.

Miami University and National Science Teachers Association. 1998. Dragonfly. NSTA. Arlington, VA. ISSN 1809–9006.

Online and print subscription magazine offering varieties of articles, photographs, and hands-on activities that introduce young children to scientific facts. Themes include animal communication, flight, weather, and trees. Links allow readers to e-mail researchers, submit articles, find out about topics in upcoming issues, move to related sites, and more.

Milford, Susan. 1995. The Kid’s Nature Book. Gryphon House. Beltsville, MD. ISBN 0–91358–94–X.

Hands-on science activities about nature. Activities range from preparing a butterfly garden to making wind chimes to planting a bottle garden to hatching amphibian eggs.

Montessori Foundation. 1998. Tomorrow’s Child. Montessori Foundation. Alexandria, VA. ISSN 1071–6246.

Magazine written specifically for parents with children enrolled in Montessori schools.

Moomaw, Sally, and Brenda Heironymous. 1995. More than Counting: Exploring Math Activities for Preschool and Kindergarten. Gryphon House. Beltsville, MD. ISBN 0–93414–082–0.

Interactive math activities using manipulatives, grids, games, gross-motor skills, and graphing.

Moomaw, Sally, and Brenda Heironymous. 1997. More than Magnets: Exploring the Wonders of Science in Preschool and Kindergarten. Gryphon House. Beltsville, MD. ISBN 1–88483–433–7.

Hands-on physical science activities.

Redleaf, Rhoda. 1996. Open the Door, Let’s Explore More! Gryphon House. Beltsville, MD. ISBN 1–88483–413–2.

Includes songs, fingerplays, and resource lists to encourage exploration beyond the classroom.

Reed, Ruth Barnes. 1996. Computers in the Home. Tomorrow’s Child. The Montessori Foundation. Alexandria, VA.

An article supported by The Montessori Foundation that offers ways to make computer use at home an exciting and innovative way for children to learn. Available online at http://www.montessori.org.

Rockwell, Robert E., Elizabeth A. Sherwood, and Robert A. Williams. 1992. Everybody Has a Body: Science from Head to Toe. Redleaf Press. St. Paul, MN. ISBN 0–87659–158–6.

Hands-on science activities about the body. Promotes skills such as observation, inference, and prediction. Selected hands-on activities available online at http://www.ghbooks.com.

Ross, Michael. 1996. Sandbox Scientist. Gryphon House. Beltsville, MD. ISBN 1–55652–248–7.

Open-ended, hands-on science activities including ice and bubbles, compost and seeds, magnets and gears, potions and plant prints.

Seldin, Tim. 1996. The Inner Life of the Child. Tomorrow’s Child. The Montessori Foundation. Alexandria, VA.

An article by the president of the Montessori Foundation that describes his impressions of the inner life of the child. Available online at http://www.montessori.org.

Sherwood, Elizabeth A., Robert E. Rockwell, and Robert A. Williams. 1990. More Mudpies to Magnets: Science for Young Children. Gryphon House. Beltsville, MD. ISBN 0–87659–150–0.

Hands-on science activities and ideas. Builds on skills such as classification, measurement, and prediction. Selected activities available online at http://www.ghbooks.com.

Swanson, Beverly B. 1997. What Is a Quality Preschool Program? ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education. Champaign, IL.

Offers parents tips on choosing a preschool program for their children.

Townsend-Butterworth, Diana. 1995. Preschool and Your Child: What You Should Know. Walker & Co. New York, NY. ISBN 0–80277–472–5.

A parent’s guide to 10 key ingredients in choosing the best preschool program for any child. Lists questions for parents to ask schools.

U.S. Department of Education. 1991. Helping Your Child Learn Science. U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC.

Includes articles and hands-on science activities appropriate for use in the home and in community programs.

Warner, Penny. 1996. Splish, Splash. Chicago Review Press. Chicago, IL. ISBN 1–55652–262–2.

Hands-on science activities that teach about the wonders of water. Activities include Musical Mud Puddles and Water Whirlers.

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