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

Fri Apr 14, 2017 9:04 AM in Getting students more interested in science
A hands-on exploration of a living organism, such as pea seeds that you sprouted slightly ahead of time, earthworms, or goldfish in a bowl,  require more care than a book or video. But that is the point-- students will begin to think of how to keep that living organism alive and become invested in doing so. Then they become interested in continuing a science investigation. ("Feeder" goldfis...

Sat Apr 01, 2017 8:14 AM in New to NSTA
Welcome to the preservice teachers who have reached out in this forum, at conferences, and on the NSTA blogs! The Early Childhood Education profession and Science Education profession are one and the same for many of us. Regardless of the age of our students, they are curious about the world and often wonder aloud or with their actions. NSTA has resources for those of us who teach preschool, and ...

Thu Mar 02, 2017 7:48 AM in Ideas for engaging elementary students in Science and Engineering Practices?
Good to hear! Educator-authors with classroom experience usually know what will best fit the needs of teachers. I didn't intend to paint all kits with the statement that kits sometimes have too few supplies.) Perhaps it is more common in early childhood circles where many programs have tiny supply budgets??? Peggy

Recent Public Collections by Peggy

The Early Years: Where Did the Water Go?
Type: Journal Article
Grade: Elementary School

Safety First: Modeling Safety in Clay Use
Type: Journal Article
Grade: Elementary School


7 Resources

Assessing Students’ Ideas About Plants
Type: Journal Article
Grade: Elementary School

Students' Ideas About Plants: Results from a National Study
Type: Journal Article
Grade: Elementary School


4 Resources

Type: User uploaded resource

Working with Young Children--Questions and questioning.pdf
Type: User uploaded resource