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

Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:12 AM in Conducting Experiments with Little Resources
Hi Ashley,  I agree with Mary that spending money on a simple handlens is a great way to expand children's science investigations by expanding what they can observe. My favorite is a "dual lens" magnifier with both a 3x lens and a smaller diameter 6x lens. Consider how any materials you collect or purchase can be used in more than one investigation. Those milk cartons from the lunch room can be w...

Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:19 AM in Integrating STEM in Younger Grades
Don't be discouraged! Young children may not have previously been allowed to create and need repeated exposures before they take ownership of a project. Summer classes can be disrupted by family trips or the arrival of out-of-town visitors. The culture of summer programs may be to lightly engage. And it is harder to know what motivates and engages children when we only have a few weeks with them....

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...

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


4 Resources

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Working with Young Children--Questions and questioning.pdf
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