Soil! We walk on it, play in it, build with it, grow our food in it, and get antibiotics from it. But what exactly is soil? What makes it so important? Can we survive without it? In Explore Soil! With 25 Great Projects, young readers learn how vital soil is to our lives. It filters the water we drink and the air we breathe, and most of the food we eat either grows in soil or subsists on plants that grow there. Soil is a very important part of our daily diet! Activities such as exploring soil runoff, composting, and analyzing soil composition offer kids the chance to get their hands dirty while coming face to face with the study of soil. Kids learn concepts within the fields of life science and chemistry while discovering the dangers soil faces. Explore Soil offers fun, practical information about something kids already love: soil!
Open the door to exciting and fun learning adventures! Whether pastures or skyscrapers are outside your door, the world around you is rich with learning opportunities. Walking trips are a terrific—and inexpensive—way for children to explore and experience their community. Use children's interests as starting points to plan walks that are meaningful and engaging, and let children's natural curiosity and wonder help guide their learning as they investigate neighborhood gardens, markets, and even construction sites. With 27 nature, community, and concept walks, Hey Kids! Out the Door, Let's Explore! promotes children's early learning. Included with each walk are vocabulary words and related children's books; a list of suggested items to bring along; and tips to extend children's learning before, during, and after the outing. You will also find planning and preparation materials, sample permission forms, and guidelines for carrying out safe and educational walking trips.