Peggy Ashbrook

I write the Early Years column in Science and Children and am interested in bringing the early childhood education world and the science educator world closer together through collaborations. Add your expertise or questions to the NSTA Early Years blog at




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Recent Posts by Peggy

Wed May 31, 2017 8:26 AM in Science For Early Childhood
Hi early childhood educators, Our community is rich in years of experience and wisdom about teaching young children. I hope you will also share your experiences and knowledge on the NSTA Early Years blog where your comments add to the discussion in my blog posts: Thank you for doing science with young children, Peggy

Tue May 23, 2017 7:16 AM in Attention of Students
And of course I should have said that one "center" is the great outdoors! Even if you only have 30 minutes a day outdoors rather than the preferred 60 minutes to all day, outdoor learning is rich with experiences. While an entire class is outside you can engage small groups in using magnifiers to closely examine anything safe that interests them while the others play in a play area. A "nature walk...

Mon May 22, 2017 6:56 PM in Attention of Students
Hi Tiffani, Science learning for 20-30 children ages 2.5-8 years should be either in small groups or in centers where the science concepts and content are part of the center. Provide small clipboards or "journals" made by folding a few sheets of blank paper in half so children can draw and write their observations. You decide ahead of time how many children are a good fit for each area. A few id...

Recent Public Collections by Peggy

The Early Years: Where Did the Water Go?
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Safety First: Modeling Safety in Clay Use
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Assessing Students’ Ideas About Plants
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Students' Ideas About Plants: Results from a National Study
Type: Journal Article


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Working with Young Children--Questions and questioning.pdf
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