To ensure they're meeting state early learning guidelines for science, preschool educators need fun, age-appropriate, and research-based ways to teach young children about scientific concepts. That's just what they'll get with this hands-on guidebook! The basis for the PBS kids show Sid the Science Kid , this invative teaching resource helps children ages 3-5 investigate their everyday world and develop the basics of scientific thinking - skills they'll apply across subject areas when they enter school. A fun and engaging way to introduce science to young children, PrePS[trademark] is a must-have because it is based on the domain-specific approach to cognitive development. The collaborative work of cognitive researchers and preschool educators, this approach incorporates lessons learned from developmental research and classroom experience. It provides age-appropriate introduction to key science practices (see sidebar). It supports a range of cognitive and social skills. PrePS[trademark] uses science to help children develop math skills, early literacy and language skills, and social and emotional sensitivity. It taps teachers' creativity. Because PrePS[trademark] is designed to energize teachers and tap in to their personal creativity, teachers who already use the PrePS[trademark] approach have reported an increase in professional satisfaction. This reader-friendly guide gives educators the guidance they need to work PrePS[trademark] into their existing program; sample schedules designed for the preschool classroom; and, detailed sample activities they can do right away or use as templates for their own creative lessons. And with the book's assessment guidelines, teachers will kw PrePS[trademark] is having a measurable effect on the classroom environment and student learning.
Gay Macdonald is Executive Director for Early Care and Education, Krieger Center, UCLA. Moises Roman is Curriculum Coordinator for Early Care and Education, Krieger Center, UCLA.