Books, Web searches, guest speakers, discussions, movement activities, and hands-on explorations are among the ways children can investigate their theories and find answers to their questions. Here are some helpful resources:


  • Beautiful Stuff! Learning with Found Materials by Cathy Weisman Topal and Leila Gandini (Davis Publications, 1999)
  • Designs for Living and Learning: Transforming Early Childhood Environments by Deb Curtis & Margie Carter (Redleaf Press, 2003)
  • Discovery Science Explorations for the Early Years by David A. Winnett, Robert A. Williams, Elizabeth A. Sherwood, Robert E. Rockwell (Dale Seymour Publications, 1994)
  • The Power of Projects edited by Judy Harris Helm and Sallee Beneke (Teachers College Press, 2003)
  • Teaching as Inquiry Rethinking Curriculum in Early Childhood Education by Lynn T. Hill, Andrew J. Stremmel and Victoria R. Fu (Pearson Allyn & Bacon, 2005)
  • Worms, Shadows and whirlpools: Science in the Early Childhood Classroom by Karen Worth and Sharon Grollman (Heinemann, 2003)
  • The Young Child as Scientist: A Constructivist Approach to Early Childhood Science Education by Christine chaille and Lory Britain (Pearson Allyn & Bacon, 2003)



  • Have You Seen Trees? by Joanne Oppenheim, Jean Tseng, Mou-Sien Tseng (Scholastic, 1995)
  • How Do You Know It's Fall? Rookie Read-About Science by Allan Fowler, (Children's Press, 1992)
  • It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Green Shaw (HarperTrophy, 1988)
  • Pumpkin, Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington (HarperTrophy, 1990)
  • Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert (Harcourt Children's Books, 1991)
  • The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle (Philomel, 1984)


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