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

Thu May 31, 2018 9:07 PM in classroom management during experiments
I agree with Carolina that what really helps maintain children’s interest and attentive behavior is having a system for calling children to attention (chime, clap, other signal), and having all the materials needed for an exploration or investigation at hand so you don’t have to interrupt the flow. Stating expectations is very helpful. I agree with Keela that “allowing for the students to have...

Wed May 23, 2018 7:33 AM in Gardening at school with young children
Radishes! Thanks Allison, I will add this to my spring garden choices for the children. We always grow collards because Cabbage White butterflies lay their eggs on the leaves. Even though the eggs are small the children can see (but not touch!) them. We bring a leaf indoors  in a container to wait for the eggs to hatch. The caterpillars are soooooo tiny at first, but the holes they eat in the ...

Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:25 AM in Weather In First Grade
Getting outside to make observations and collect data about the weather they are experiencing rather than simply viewing through a window will really help young children understand what their data means when viewing it the next day/week/month. I've written several NSTA Early Years blog posts about observing and documenting weather. Love to have your comments on the posts to add your experiences!...

Recent Public Collections by Peggy

The Early Years: Where Did the Water Go?
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Safety First: Modeling Safety in Clay Use
Type: Journal Article


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Assessing Students’ Ideas About Plants
Type: Journal Article

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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