The Early Years: Circle Timeby: Peggy Ashbrook

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This column discusses resources and science topics related to students in grades preK to 2. This month’s issue discusses using circle time to discuss science topics.

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  • on Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:06 PM

I like how the author discussed about science talks. I think that it is important for young children to begin explaining their science observations. Also I like the Teach and Tell activity.

Kia Shields
Kia Shields

  • on Fri Sep 07, 2012 12:46 PM

This article provides an explanation of why circle time is a good technique with young children. It also provides a simple activity called ‘Teach and Tell’. With the help of parents children collect ‘interesting natural things’ they will later use in circle time.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Mon Jul 02, 2012 1:15 PM

As I began skimming this column certain words and phrases jumped out at me. The first one was "science talks". I think there is no better way to process our science learning than to talk about it with someone else. This can be a rehearsal for writing or it can be a time to reflect or revise one 's thinking. The next thing I noticed was "productive questions" Productive questions ask students to ponder their answer...find an answer within themselves. Productive questions can be attention-focusing questions, counting and/or measuring questions, problem-posing questions and more. The Teach & Tell activity is one I love and I did a variation of it in my Morining Meeting every morning with 5th and 6th graders, so this is not just applicable to young children . in this activity students bring in natural objects to share with the rest of the class. I particularly like the way Peggy handles one child disagreeing with another child's statement..bringing it back to what scientists do. I think this is an excellent article for every preschool teacher to read and implement. I would if I was in the classroom.

Kathy Renfrew  (Barnet, VT)
Kathy Renfrew (Barnet, VT)

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