Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.
Scott's Bot for Science Day at School
Can your child build a robot? It's Science Day at Scott's school, and Kim Norman's hilarious account of what happens when Scott builds a robot for his project in her book The Bot That Scott Built will have young readers laughing and wanting to create an invention of their own for a science day at their school. A snake, ants, and a volcano are all part of the chaos that occurs when the robot takes control of the class.
Norman writes with a style that children will relate to with her funny and rhyming sequence of events. Parents, teachers, and children will remember the classic stories of The House That Jack Built or The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. The Bot That Scott Built is written in the same style as these classics.
Children will enjoy reciting the sequences as they build on each page, and the robot becomes more active. Each page is filled with hilarious events, and the expressions on the faces of the characters are engaging.
Agnese Baruzzi displays her talent as an illustrator for this fun read-aloud with cartoon-like illustrations in stunning colors. The facial expressions of the children and teacher are especially well-done. Young readers will find the large illustrations with many details particularly engaging. There is an opportunity for a fun discussion about details on each page. The text is easy to read and attractive in print.
"The Bot That Scott Built" is recommended for ages 4-8. It was published by Sterling Children's Books and has an ISBN of 99781454910640.
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About the Author and Illustrator
Kim Norman's son is the inspiration for The Bot That Scott Built. She learned about robots because of her son's obsession, and they built a robot costume together with objects found around the house. She is the author of several other creative books for young readers. You may visit her website at www.kimnormanbooks.com. The Bot That Scott Built is available at Barnes and Noble.
Agnese Baruzzi is a talented illustrator and graphic designer. She has illustrated several picture books for young readers for international publishers and publishers in the U. S.
Robots Can Inspire Other Activities for STEM in Early Childhood Classrooms
The Bot That Scott Built is a great read-aloud to use when introducing concepts in an early childhood classroom that uses the STEM curriculum for prekindergarten through 3rd grade. STEM is the acronym used by educators for teaching science, technology, engineering, and math skills.
STEM curriculum continues to be a hot topic in our schools because research shows that our children score low in these subjects. Early childhood educators know that early engagement in science and math brings later rewards.
Prekindergarten children are not difficult to engage in activities that build concepts in science, technology, engineering, and math. Young children are eager to investigate their world and gaining skills in these areas comes naturally. Young children have lots of questions about how things work and have a natural curiosity about their world. Parents are already using smartphones to engage their young child in activities.
Statistics show that 40% of our children are not ready for kindergarten. This should be an encouragement for more of these STEM skills to be introduced in a prekindergarten classroom. Prekindergarten curriculum is still a challenge and is all over the map when it comes to what children in prekindergarten are presented with in a curriculum that follows the STEM concepts.
Teachers in prekindergarten classrooms in childcare centers are often not comfortable or fully trained in teaching these skills to young children. There is improvement with play-based curriculum in prekindergarten classrooms. STEM curriculum lends itself to early learning in a play-based prekindergarten classroom.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children has many ideas for teachers who teach in a prekindergarten classroom to help with implementing the STEM curriculum.
Their documented ideas include the idea that children should have hands-on activities that allow investigation and experimentation and play should be combined with intentional teaching. There are several curriculum materials that are available from Building Blocks, Scratch, Jr., and Tools of the Mind.
STEM in Early Childhood Classrooms
I used creative picture books such as The Bot That Scott Built in my prekindergarten and kindergarten classrooms. I found that my young students were always eager to learn a science concept that was first introduced with an engaging picture book or story. I also used picture books such as this to introduce math concepts. There is a wealth of picture books that are available for parents and teachers to use to introduce beginning skills in the STEM curriculum.