Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Picture Science: A Book Review

About The Book:

Picture Science has been honored with the prestigious Directors' Choice Award and the Judges' Selection Award in 2007 by Early Childhood News

Read a sample chapter and table of contents of this book! Adobe Reader is required. 

Make digital photography an important part of your early childhood program! Young children love to investigate the natural world, and they love to take photographs.

Picture Science will help you go beyond just documenting class projects. It will show you how to use digital photography to make each step in the scientific process—from posing a question, to gathering data, to showing your findings—concrete and fun for children.

Keyed throughout to early learning standards, Picture Science provides inspiring examples that will stimulate you to design your own lesson plans. Technical advice and tips for buying a camera for your center or family child care business are included as well.

You can read a sample of Picture Science: Using Digital Photography to Teach Young Children here.

About The Author:

Carla Neumann-Hinds was born in Germany and studied art and photography at the Academy of Art in Leipzig. For many years, she worked as a photojournalist and freelance artist; she later went back to school to pursue her growing interest in education. Carla is now a teacher at a private school in Barbados. She believes that the integration of art and photography in teaching is very useful in supporting children's learning in all subjects; as a teacher, she strives to use creativity and connect her passion of art and photography with innovative methods of teaching.

My Review:

I have been in the field of Early Childhood Education since 1998 (give or take a couple years) and in the last five or six years have loved using cameras and photography to document children's learning, milestones and the various projects we have worked on. Photography has been instrumental as I have created portfolio's as well. 

One resource that I recently discovered that brings photography to the forefront of the field of early childhood education is Picture Science: Using Digital Photography to Teach Young Children. This book is packed with full color photos of various projects, and covers the following:

1. Photography for Collecting and Analyzing Data
2. Photography for Demonstrating Conclusions
3. Photography for Making the Process of Inquiry Visible
4. Photography for Creating Documentation

I have completed a number of the sample activities included in the book, and all were very easy to read/understand and to implement. Most used products/ingredients I already had around the house, so that was an added bonus. One activity (page 14) studied the topic of shadows and we took pictures of the children's shadows and discussed how the shadows are different than our real bodies. 

I am so excited to use photography with the children in my family child care program and was able to find some second hand Fisher Price/Little Tikes Digital Cameras for only $5 each, so bought three of them. We have been using the around the yard and I am loving the many wonderful photos the children are capturing. We have also started a grass growing project this month and documented the steps taken thus far. This book will be a definite asset to my Early Childhood Education collection to be sure.

If you are looking for a great resource that will impact your child care program, homeschool program or early elementary program, I highly recommend Picture Science: Using Digital Photography to Young Children! I give this book a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Picture Science: Using Digital Photography to Teach Young Children by Carla Neumann-Hinds online here, directly through its publisher, Redleaf Press.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Redleaf Press, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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