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 www.nsta.org/earlyyears

Location

VA

Affiliation

early childhood programs

Recent Posts by Peggy

Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:33 AM in Gardening at school with young children
This time of year, when oak trees are dropping their fruit, the children are very interested in collecting as many of the acorns they can carry, and sorting them by size and shiny-ness. I "planted" a few that had already begun root growth, a few in a pot in soil and a few in a plastic bag set up for sprouting seeds. An early childhood teacher showed me long ago how to improve the papertowel-in-pl...

Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:06 AM in Resources for Activities
I have noticed that children are very engaged when they get to try out some of their own ideas by manipulating the materials themselves rather than only following a set of instructions. Open-ended materials such as building materials, group play in a large space holding a parachute, digging in the soil or sand to see what they can find or make, and creating with playdough, involve children in lea...

Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:06 PM in Fine motor skills
Measuring and mixing ingredients to make playdough, and then play with it will strengthen children's fine motor muscles. See the NSTA Early Years blog posts about playdough at  http://nstacommunities.org/blog/2009/12/13/making-playdough-is-science/  http://nstacommunities.org/blog/2011/04/10/sharing-research-results-of-play-dough-comparison/  Best wishes, Peggy





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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Plants

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Assessing Students’ Ideas About Plants
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Students' Ideas About Plants: Results from a National Study
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Questioning

7 Resources



HANDLING CHILDREN’S QUESTIONS by Wynne Harlen.pdf
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Working with Young Children--Questions and questioning.pdf
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