Discovering Nature with Young Children: Trainer's: Part of the Young Scientist Series [NOOK Book]

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Field-tested across the country, this comprehensive curriculum expands and extends the role science has traditionally played in the early childhood classroom. The first in a new series, Discovering Nature with Young Children explores the wide-ranging elements that make up the natural world around us. The curriculum replaces simple fact-feeding practices with the development of long-term scientific reasoning, including literacy skills and numeracy skills, such as hypothesis, ...

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Discovering Nature with Young Children: Trainer's: Part of the Young Scientist Series

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Overview


Field-tested across the country, this comprehensive curriculum expands and extends the role science has traditionally played in the early childhood classroom. The first in a new series, Discovering Nature with Young Children explores the wide-ranging elements that make up the natural world around us. The curriculum replaces simple fact-feeding practices with the development of long-term scientific reasoning, including literacy skills and numeracy skills, such as hypothesis, inference, prediction, and estimation.

A companion to the curriculum, this trainer’s guide serves as an indispensable handbook for trainers and administrators interested in introducing staff to the curriculum—from planning to implementation. Special sections outline the curriculum and introduce scientific reasoning to adults, and eight workshops detail the complete curriculum for staff members. The guide also includes strategies for supporting teachers over time through mentoring and guided discussions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605543239
  • Publisher: Redleaf Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Series: Young Scientist Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author


Ingrid Chalufour has designed and conducted training programs for staff in child care, Head Start, public schools, and social service agencies for more than 35 years. Karen Worth is a graduate-level instructor in the early childhood education department at Wheelock College.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
The Young Scientist 2
Overview of the Trainer's Guide 2
Planning an Effective Professional Development Program 3
Getting Started 6
Basic Workshops 9
1. Introduction to Discovering Nature with Young Children 10
2. Getting Ready 23
3. Overview of Open Exploration 31
4. Focused Exploration of Animals 41
5. Overview of Focused Exploration 49
6. Focused Exploration of Plants 59
Advanced Workshops 81
7. Creating a Culture of Inquiry About Nature 84
8. Deepening Children's Science Understandings 90
9. Using Books to Extend Science Learning 103
10. Assessing Children's Science Learning 109
11. Encouraging Representation 114
12. Using Children's Representations as Teaching Tools 124
13. Facilitating Science Talks 133
14. Making and Using Documentation Panels 144
Guided Discussions 177
Promoting Teacher Growth through Mentoring 185
Resources 191
Key Instructional Strategies 191
Video Vignette Log 194
Sample Guided Discussion Plans 197
Guided Discussion Planning Form 200
Assessing Teacher Growth 202
Evaluating Science Teaching 205
Science Teacher Observation Synthesis 209
Science Teacher Development Plan 210
References 211
Index 213
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