Our book recently published book offers environmental education activities in gardens for children ages 2-8 years. You can check some of the content at
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San Francisco, Calif. – (January 2014) –Children from ages 2 to 8 are curious and need outdoor activities to satisfy their energetic nature. That is why “Pumpkins and Petunias,” by authors Esther Railton-Rice and Irene Winston, is of value to educators everywhere. It is a book that shows the advantages of school gardens, not just for activities for learning science.
This interesting book describes activities that are both fun and instructive. This book includes 48 carefully selected activities that are presented in outline form for easy selection and following. Each lesson includes the objectives, a brief word to the teacher, materials, directions for doing the activity, relation to the subject standards, and suggestions for related activities. The things to do use the STEM strategies of inquiry, questioning, creating, constructing, etc. The book is based on lesson plans from outstanding teachers in Professor Railton-Rice's environmental science classes and her own experiences.
The book explains how to select and adapt activities to be suitable for various gardens and for different ages. The introductory chapter on the importance of using gardens for instruction is followed by guidelines for using the activities The activities are to be conducted outdoors and use the garden for content and materials. In the Appendixes, charts match the things to do to the National Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards and the curriculum standards of The National Association for the Education of Young Children. It is an informative book that utilizes the many advantages of teaching in gardens.
About the Author
Esther Railton-Rice is Professor of Education Emerita at California State University, East Bay. She is an internationally known professor of environmental education, with experience in the primary classroom, environmental education, national parks and playgrounds. Her many previous publications include Teaching Science in an Outdoor Environment and articles and chapters in anthologies.
Irene Winston is a science teacher with a master’s degree in botany and education. She is a docent at a public native plant garden. She wrote an activity guide for that California native plants garden plus several other articles on plant adaptations and lichens. Winston’s interactive children’s exhibit on lichens for the annual California Lichen Society’s display at the San Francisco Mycological Society’s Fungus Fair is so popular that it is repeated annually as well as presented at the University of California, Berkeley’s Jepson Herbarium. In January 2014, she received the Ramalina menziesii Award for promoting the appreciation, conservation, and study of California lichens.
Pumpkins and Petunias * by Esther Railton-Rice and Irene Winston
Trade Paperback; $15.95; 139 pages; 978-1-4836-8851-0
Trade Hardback; $22.05; 139 pages; 978-1-4836-8852-7
eBook; $3.95; 978-1-4836-8853-4
To request a complimentary paperback review copy, contact the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7879. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (812) 355-4079 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7879.
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Irene Winston and Esther Railton-Rice