There is something to be said about tried and true. That's one reason our family enjoys older books.
This week we rediscovered Follett Beginning Science Books.
Three learners, Kindergarten to middle school, have been glued to content as I read aloud Frogs and Toads by Charles A. Schoenknecht. During our time together, I heard "I never knew that." and "That's so interesting!" more times than I can count. YAY!
In fact, I am still learning. I didn't know that frogs pull in their eyes to help swallow caught insects--which they ingest WHOLE! Fascinating!
There's more I love about this series--at least the ones we have managed to find. Large font, simple text packed with content, invited my budding reader to give independent reading a try. I mean-- interesting content, large font, hardcover--she was excited!
"It's a real book and I want to read it!"
She is motivated to become a more fluent reader and will learn science in the process.
That's a WIN!
I will add, these gems are difficult to find--published by Follett Publishing Company in the 1960s--but well worth the hunt. In fact, we have more coming this week! And, my learners can't wait.
In case you've been intrigued to find one to find out if your learners will be enjoy this series, here is a list to help your quest. Consider starting with a title of interest. For example, my learners are more interested in the animal titles, hence our beginning point.
- Air by Edna Mitchell Preston
- Animals without Backbones by Robert E. Pfadt
- Ants by Charles A. Schoenknecht
- Beavers by F. Dorothy Wood
- Birds by Isabel B. Wasson
- Birds That Hunt by Willard Luce
- Butterflies by Jeanne S. Brouillette
- Climate by Julian May
- Comets and Meteors by Isaac Asimov
- Deer by John Feilen
- Electricity by Edward Victor
- Friction by Edward Victor
- Frogs and Toads by Charles A. Schoenknecht
- Galaxies by Isaac Asimov
- Grasshoppers by Robert E. Pfadt
- Heat by Edward Victor
- Hummingbirds by Betty John
- Insects by Jeanne S. Brouillette
- Light by Isaac Asimov
- Machines by Edward Victor
- Magnets by Edward Victor
- Mammals by Esther K. Meeks
- Molecules and Atoms by Edward Victor
- The Moon by Isaac Asimov
- Moths by Jeanne S. Brouillette
- Plants with Seeds by F. Dorothy Wood
- Robins by Edwin A. Mason
- Rocks and Minerals by Lou Page
- Snakes by Esther K. Meeks
- Soil by Richard Cromer
- The Solar System by Isaac Asimov
- Sound by Charles D. Neal
- Space by Marian Tellander
- Spiders by Ramona Stewart Dupre
- Squirrels by John Feilen
- The Sun by Isaac Asimov
- Trees by George Sullivan
- Tropical Fish by Loren P. Woods
- Weather by Julian May
- Whales by Val Gendron
- Your Wonderful Brain by Mary Jane Keene