Take a Ride with Science
- What: The Magic School Bus Books
- When: 4 years and up
- Why: Educational, fun, entertaining
- Where: Amazon
Have you met Ms. Frizzle? If you need some teaching inspiration, look no further than one of these virtual field trips from The Magic School Bus by Joanna Cole.
The Magic School Bus book series covers a wide range of science topics in ways kids can understand. It provides detailed, accurate answers to questions like how does rain get into the clouds, and what makes a volcano erupt.
These text-heavy picture books work well for older preschoolers and early elementary aged kids. Even if you child doesn’t like science, they can enjoy the fantastical field trips Ms Frizzle’s elementary school class takes, from a trip inside the human body to traveling in time on a visit with dinosaurs. When reading aloud, you can stick to the main story text, or include all the sidebar information, which can lengthen the reading (and learning!) time accordingly.
Get to know the kids in Ms. Frizzle’s class as they travel from outer space to under the ocean and everywhere in between. You can check books out from your local library, buy them individually, or get a set of nine titles. No matter what topic your child wants to study, or which subject you want to introduce, these books make science fun and exciting.