Science Picture Book for Kids on Their Brains
I was an unhappy pre-med major so I took all the hard sciences and suffered mightily as one would when you are in over your head and also hating the subject matter that you are supposed to be mastering. My father was a math professor so I got plenty of math supplementation at home but not so much in the sciences. And yet, I believe that science can be fun.
In fact, I know this to be true. My epiphany was walking home from class one day with a dorm mate who said that of all the classes available at our college, he would choose chemistry. That was a mind blowing moment for me. We were walking home from chemistry (or maybe physics) and I thought all pre meds took these torturous classes because of med school requirements, not because they actually liked it. This moment in time was pivotal for me and I eventually gave up my unhappy premed quest and ended up in a much happier place studying business. But still wish that I had more science exposure when I was younger, like another college friend with scientists for parents. He grew up teething on the periodic table so it was not a huge surprise that he found Organic Chemistry to be an intuitive, fun, brain-stretching puzzle, much like I am with “Find a Word” puzzles (I am seriously fast at finding those hidden words).
I’ve made an effort to introduce the sciences to my kids in palatable ways. Thus far, it was basically solely through The Magic School Bus which I LOVE . We own every DVD every sold and practically, if not actually, every book as well. My kids like some topics more than others and that’s actually a perfect way to expose kids to the breadth of science topics out there. Baking is a science if you think about it. And who doesn’t find dinosaurs or plants fascinating?
So when I was offered Your Fantastic Elastic Brain to try out (via PDF though I hope a hard copy is coming) by Dr. JoAnn Deak , I said yes, hoping it would be fun and educational. And happily it is both!
Your Fantastic Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It by Dr. Joann Deak [non fiction picture book, ages 4-8]. The book is $17.95. To get a 25% discount, please click here and use this coupon code: PRMOM.
What I especially like about this book is the part about how the brain “stretches.” My sister is a piano teacher (of the Über variety; you know, 3 year wait list) and kept me abreast of all the research coming out of U. C. Irvine about the intersection of the brain, music, and learning. She has perfect pitch hearing which means that she can identify any note or sets of notes she hears. Play a note for her and from another room, she can tell you what it is. “C sharp” or “a 5th”. It turns out that perfect pitch hearing is both genetic and learned BUT if you are not exposed to a fixed pitch instrument (i.e. piano or another instrument that plays consistent notes as opposed to say a violin, where your fingers s-l-i-d-e to seek the note out), by age 10, you will lose that ability to have perfect pitch hearing forever. Yes, forever. It’s a door that slams shut.
I suspect that foreign language acquisition in terms of accent and fluency is similar though I haven’t seen the research. There are windows of opportunity while the brain is forming that are either stimulated thus creating more pathways, or not stimulated and shut down. Sad but true.
This is the first book that I’ve seen that presents this information in a really fun way to kids (and parents) and also in a not HIGH PRESSURE WE LIVE IN NEW YORK CITY AND MUST GET OUR KIDS INTO A PARTICULAR PRESCHOOL SO HE OR SHE WILL NEVER GET INTO HARVARD kind of way which I really appreciate because those scare tactics really do scare me.
Instead, this book is gently encouraging kids to try new things after taking time to point out how the brain works. The message to the kids is that you are one sculpting and shaping your brain so be the driver not the passenger in this amazing journey called life!
Isn’t this fantastic? My son who is 6 thought so too! But this is just my humble opinion. To get more book reviews, please check out the Blog Tour stops at Little Pickle Press Blog.
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