Dr. Hunt,

 

My name is Stephanie Stinson. I was one of your students when you taught at Ramstein Junior High School. I was in your class 8th grade during the 1996-1997 school year. Another former classmate of yours came across an article about you, and sent it to me, and I felt I should write you a short note saying hello. You still remain my favorite class/teacher of my non college years. Your class was always so much fun, and I always looked forward to going to your class – it make block scheduling hard only having your class every other day. My mom, Shelly Stinson, was also a parent volunteer in your class. She, also, loved being in your classroom. Science Fun Day is still brought up from time to time, and the t-shirts we wore for Science Fun Day was incorporated into a t-shirt quilt my mom made me for high school graduation. No class has ever compared to your hands on approach of teaching, and no class was ever as fun. You made Ms. Potus' science class in 9th grade incredibly boring – ha! Since Germany, my family was sent to Virginia, and then my Dad finally retired in San Antonio, TX. I graduated high school there, and went on to Texas A&M University. I received a degree in International Studies with a minor in Business and have been managing a Walgreens for 6 years (and am looking for a new job). I hope all is going well for you. I'm sure you're out in the world making kids – and parents, love science more than they thought they ever could. You’re an amazing teacher.


Take care,


Stephanie Stinson

Testimonials

A Recent Voice from the Past!
 

Science for Children is an invaluable resource in today’s classroom. The activities and investigations are engaging, almost automatically hooking students. The investigations bring back the wonder and awe of science, forcing children to ask ‘Why?’


The cross-curricular activities provide for terrific extension and remedial activities to further a child’s understanding of a concept…I love the videos! I have a short memory and since Dr. Hunt can’t be reached at all times, I have him right there with just a click of the mouse. The videos don’t always show just what will be the result of the investigation, which provides a great hook for students by letting them watch the process but the only way to experience the result is to do the investigation themselves.”


Bertha Williams, 5th Grade

Hazlehurst Middle School




“If you have ever been puzzled as how best to reach your students, get them engaged in learning, maintain their interests, and have them develop into independent learners, then allow me to share something with you. Science for Children provides students with such wonderful and simple investigations that make students say ‘Wow! How did you do that?’ At that moment teachers have students right where they want them. The students have been hooked, and must be reeled in for further investigation and learning. As a math teacher I struggle with students, trying to dismiss the negative perception that they have about mathematics. I would always try to present engaging lessons, with fun activities to teach a particular concept, but my students still were not getting the big picture. I wanted them to see the relevance to what they were doing. In order for my students to see the big picture, I had to help them make the connections. The minimal effort, thought provoking investigations presented in Science for Children has been the solution to my problem…My students were launching rockets, measuring and collecting data, and trying to figure out ways to improve their results on the last day of school. A colleague of mine asked what my students were doing in the hallway, and I simply replied, ‘Just a little something that I picked up from Science for Children book.’


The investigation that my students enjoyed the most was a flowing air investigation modeled after how a spray bottle works. They were amazed to see the water shoot up from the straw as air was blown from another straw. The first responses that I heard were, ‘OOO, how did you do that?’ My students all began to ask me for a straw so that they could try it. From there, I continued the lesson by having them collect and present these data, and discuss measurement. This was awesome!


This type of reaction is what I was looking for. Students were eager to learn, and never once got frustrated by not understanding something. Not only was this the type of reaction that I was looking for, my students extended the discussion, and began talking about aerosol cans squeeze bottles, the various tops/dispensers used on various products. For a moment, my students forgot to include me in their discussion until one asked me to justify that the nozzle of spray bottles only affect the way something comes out of a bottle. I sat back in astonishment as I listened to my seventh graders talk about something worth while, and learn from it.


How many teachers can say that they experience this on a daily basis? How many students eagerly go home to apply what they have learned at school to what is at home? Teachers should think of the simple phrase, ‘Once you hook them, you’ve got them.’ Thanks for the fishing bait Dr. Hunt."


Natasha Williams, 7th Grade Mathematics

Powell Middle School (JPS)




“All the lessons in Science for Children can be easily applied to my real-world life in the classroom. I have already had opportunities to share the information learned with my students. They get excited when I demonstrated the investigations. They were able to understand the science concepts behind the investigations because of the practical application to their lives.


On the last day of school, I had one parent tell me that after we made paper airplanes (Flowing Air-Investigation #9) in class her son and another boy in my class spent several afternoons making different styles of paper airplanes at home. They made investigations to determine what adjustments were needed on the wings to make their airplanes fly higher, fly greater distances, or nose dive. The boys learned about flowing air in a fun way they won’t forget.”


Kay Lane, 5th Grade

Jackson Academy




Science for Children is concise and to-the-point. There is no fluff. The objectives are clearly stated and easily understood. The list of materials is obvious and complete.


Science for Children contains extensions, explanations and cross-curricular applications. The explanations are especially helpful when I’m unsure of a concept or specific aspect of an investigation. The cross-curricula activities help to reach different types of learners and give me instant, quality extensions that help connect science to other curricular areas.


After seeing the investigations at least one time, the video really helps me remember the steps and important pieces of the investigation. The videos really bring to life the steps listed in the book. I was able to open the video to full screen on my Apple laptop, so it was great to have a larger screen than we were able to have in class.”


Quin Halpin

Richland Upper Elementary School

5th Grade math and Science Teacher




Science for Children gives very detailed lessons which make them easy to follow. The video allows me to watch the lesson before hand so I can see the lesson before I have to do it. As I teacher I feel that this is invaluable. I can make sure that I am teaching and demonstrating the lesson correctly. It is also nice to be able to go back and refresh my memory in case I forget a lesson and demonstration.


I just want to say I think the overall product is terrific!”


Jennifer Winkler

Flowood Elementary School




“I have used Science for Children in my classroom weekly … It is full of resources and competencies from other subject areas. This is PERFECT for any teacher who enjoys thematic units.


I love the fact that I can take this book and actually use the investigations in my classroom. My students have begun to love science because I have found a fun, easy, inexpensive way to teach it. The CDs allows the students to see the investigation and hear the investigation through someone else’s words/actions. I have truly changed the way I look at science and the way I teach it through this Science for Children resource.”


Vallerie Buskirk, 5th grade teacher

Pelahatchie Elementary School




Science for Children has given me something that every teacher needs. Teachers need time! How does a science class offer more time?


I have more time because I do not write lesson plans. They are already written for me.

I have more time because I do not have to search for make assessment sheets. Student response sheets, crafted to fit each investigation, are available for me.

Every investigation is accessible twenty-four hours a day on two CDs. When I need to practice or review the steps in the lesson before teaching, a teacher is ready to explain how the investigation works. The CD allows you to bring in an “assistant” teacher. Students enjoy hearing and seeing a new face every now and then. You can reply the CD clips as many times as students need to hear them.

The objectives are correlated with state standards.

There are even suggestions on how to integrate the investigations with other subject areas.

Everything you need is there for you.


I can assure you that I have found a better to teach science to my students.”


Amy McKay, 5th Grade

Gary Road Intermediate School




“It is great to have something to watch, especially when it is in slow motion, as well as an explanation to an investigation. Science for Children/CD videos are very helpful, since I am a visual learner.”


Melody Mercer

Northwest Rankin Elementary School




Science for Children/CD combination is a great resource for teachers in grades K-12. I must say that I am impressed with the discrepant events and how they help students understand the concept better than just reading out of a book. This book has changed my mind about teaching science because now I have the perfect resource to teach my kids. The CD is a plus for teachers because if you forget how to perform one of the investigations, the only thing you have to do is to put in the CD for a refresher.”


Victoria T. Clemons

Raymond Elementary School

5th Grade Teacher




Science for Children e-text has allowed me to look at science in a whole new different way, its fun and I understand it a lot more.”


Kimberly Chambers

Wilkins Elementary School




“I think Science for Children is a classic introduction to ‘Science that works.’ Since every investigation has a subject area correlation, I was able to reference all of the investigations to my Math classes. The short video included on the CD is very helpful tool to ignite the teacher and students curiosity.

As a teacher, the best part of the e-text is the fact that everything is laid out for you with step-by-step instructions. Of course, the lesson for me was not only ‘how’ but ‘why’ these investigations worked. As teachers, I feel we spend too much time reciting information without fully understanding why it works. This book is a classic example of how teachers are learners just like our students are learners.”


Scott Thompson, Math department

Brandon High School




Science for Children is extremely easy to use. All of the lessons are well organized and strategically placed so a teacher could move through each to continuously build on the objectives introduced. What I love about these investigations is that all students can make “real world” connections with each investigation. The video clips are extremely helpful for both remediation, and reiteration in my classroom. Sometimes, no matter how often I explain things, some children need that visual. The video provides that visual for them, as well as a model to follow. I have also found the video to be helpful as an activator. I can show just a snip of the video, and the children love to predict the end result.”


Loren Tillman

Richland Upper Elementary School




“I really enjoy having the video to accompany each lesson. They really enhance each lesson by providing a visual. Most people including myself need that visual beforehand. It provides just enough information to get you started but is quickly interrupted which sets the stage for learning. After viewing that short clip, I can’t help but anticipate carrying out the investigation which is what scientists do. The video also serves as a reinforcer. I feel much more confident knowing that before I present a concept to my students, I can take a quick look at the video. This is something that as a teacher, I feel that when I need the information from workshop presenters, etc. it’s not accessible. This video/book is extremely accessible. This motivates me to want to teach the concept. The video is there when I need it!”


Anitra Hollis NBCT, 2003

5th grade teacher




Science for Children brought clarity to what science is all about. Science has never been presented to me in such a powerful and inviting way. All the investigations really brought science to life! The hook activities really got me ‘Hooked’! Connections and real life applications are found in every investigation.”


Shirley Crisp, 4th Grade

North Jackson Elementary School (JPS)




Science for Children is out of the box! Science for Children is fantastic! Science for Children is amazing! The investigations presented in motion and energy will blow you away!”


LaToya Paige

Utica Elementary School

Hinds County School District




“Before I teach a lesson, I can watch a video to see how the lesson should be taught. Each detailed investigation integrates with other curricula areas.”


Huei-Yin Chen

From Taiwan



“The best part of the book is that all investigations have detailed step by step instructions. It also contains a CD to assist you with each investigation. You can watch the videos over and over, until you are comfortable with them. I will use this book in my teaching from now on.”


Heather Morris

Rouse Elementary School

 

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