Thursday, September 15, 2011

Incredible Edible Science: A Book Review

About The Book:

Make learning exciting for children with over 160 hands-on, food-based science activities, each with a strong literacy connection. Incredible Edible Science provides everything needed to teach important science process skills in a safe, developmentally appropriate way. These cross-curricular activities promote brain development and fully engage children though physical involvement—such as exploring balance and texture as they create popcorn ball structures, classifying and patterning different types of cereal, and investigating fractions with biscuits—and participation in literacy and language components such as phonemic awareness, vocabulary development, and following directions. After the activity is complete, children can eat their work! Softbound, 264 pgs.

About The Authors:

Liz Plaster, MEd, is a 30-year veteran early childhood professional and a highly regarded innovative and motivational national workshop leader and presenter. Her experience as a teacher, mentor teacher, and administrator in settings from public and private school, Head Start, universities, junior colleges, and the social service arena has given her a variety of experiences in working with both children and adults from varied backgrounds. In 1995, she was a recipient of the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children" Teacher of the Year" award. In 2001, she was instrumental in designing and implementing a statewide mentoring project that integrated literacy and language into all areas of the classroom. As a certified professional coach, speaker and consultant, Liz seeks to transform the lives of children by supporting and educating those that surround and advocate for them. Liz holds a BS in human science and an MEd from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.

Rick Krustchinsky, PhD, has over 25 years of experience in the education field. He has traveled thousands of miles to observe student teachers in Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Texas, and in England. He also has experience teaching at the elementary, junior high, junior college, and university levels. Currently, he is a professor of education at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, and presents workshops throughout the United States on various topics of elementary math and science. Rick holds a BS and MEd from Stephen F. Austin State University and an EdD from the University of Southern Mississippi.

My Review:

I am so excited to introduce you to another fantastic resource for educating young children, and encouraging early literacy among preschoolers. Incredible Edible Science is full of wonderful activities that will introduce science, cooking and early literacy to children ages 3-6 years. 

I found all the activities in Incredible Edible Science very easy to implement and move will use everyday items you will find in your home (a huge plus for budget conscious early childhood educators, like myself).

An awesome resource to incorporate the natural combination of food and science. You will be given a brief introduction to child brain development and some amazing tips regarding food safety during science activities. 

I was able to perform two of these experiments and the kids LOVED them! 

My favorite section was science/literacy and one activity which integrated science with the story of The Three Bears. It was very easy to prepare and implement and children learned about sizing concepts and how water affects food.

If you are looking for a great resource for homeschooling, early childhood education classrooms and early elementary classes, this is one book that I highly recommend!

BUY IT: You can purchase Incredible, Edible Science online through Red Leaf Press

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Red Leaf 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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