■ MATH AND SCIENCE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN, 6th Edition is a unique text that focuses on the integration of math and science along with the other important areas of child development during the crucial birth-through-eight age range. It also carefully addresses the ever-changing and important national standards: The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), National Council of Teachers of Math (NCTM), National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the National Research Council (NRC). Both math and science are presented from a common conceptual framework, and problem solving is emphasized as the major means for constructing concepts. The systematic approach of the book promotes developmentally appropriate assessment through observation, documentation of records, audio and video use, performance evaluations, and student portfolios. This text covers the use of literature and the promotion of the written language with an emphasis on dramatic play, and provides information regarding materials and resources as well as parent involvement. With the units developed sequentially from pre-kindergarten to primary level, the book is easy and logical to follow.
Part I: CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT IN MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE.
1. How Concepts Develop. / 2. How Concepts Are Acquired. /
3. Promoting Young Children's Concept Development through Problem Solving. / 4. Assessing the Child's Developmental Level. / 5. The Basics of Science. / 6. How Young Scientists Use Concepts. / 7. Planning for Science.
Part II: FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS AND SKILLS.
8. One-to-One Correspondence. / 9. Number Sense and Counting. / 10. Logic and Classifying. / 11. Comparing. / 12. Early Geometry: Shape. / 13. Early Geometry: Spatial Sense. / 14. Parts and Wholes. / 15. Language and Concept Formation. / 16. Fundamental Concepts in Science.
Part III: APPLYING FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS, ATTITUDES, AND SKILLS.
17. Ordering, Seriation, and Patterning. / 18. Measurement: Volume, Weight, Length, and Temperature. / 19. Measurement: Time. / 20. Interpreting Data Using Graphs. / 21. Applications of Fundamental Concepts in Preprimary Science. / 22. Integrating the Curriculum through Dramatic Play and Thematic Units and Projects.
Part IV: SYMBOLS AND HIGHER-LEVEL ACTIVITIES.
23. Symbols. / 24. Groups and Symbols. / 25. Higher-Level Activities and Concepts. / 26. Higher-Level Activities Used in Science Units and Activities.
Part V: MATHEMATICS CONCEPTS AND OPERATIONS FOR THE PRIMARY GRADES.
27. Operations with Whole Numbers. / 28. Patterns. / 29. Fractions. / 30. Numbers above 10 and Place Value. / 31. Geometry, Data Collection, and Algebraic Thinking. / 32. Measurement with Standard Units.
Part VI: USING SKILLS, CONCEPTS, AND ATTITUDES FOR SCIENTIFIC INVESTIGATIONS IN THE PRIMARY GRADES.
33. Overview of Primary Science. / 34. Life Science. / 35. Physical Science. / 36. Earth and Space Science. / 37. Environmental Awareness. / 38. Health and Nutrition.
Part VII: THE MATH AND SCIENCE ENVIRONMENT.
39. Materials and Resources for Math and Science. / 40. Math and Science in Action. / 41. Math and Science in the Home.
Appendix A: Developmental Assessment Tasks.
Appendix B: Children's Books and Software with Math and Science Concepts.
Appendix C: The National Research Council's National Science Education Standards (1996).