Building Foundations of
Scientific Understanding (BFSU)
a three volume series by Bernard J. Nebel, Ph.D. scientist and educator
The BFSU series presents detailed lesson plans that:
- Address and integrate all the major areas of science and technology
- Follow systematic learning progressions that build knowledge and understanding in systematic, logical steps
- Aim at developing core ideas and conceptual understanding
- Have students learn through their own hands-on experience and logical reasoning
- Enable the teacher/parent to learn science along with their kids and be excellent role models in doing so.
- Will serve in preparing students for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and other state standards.
Nebel’s Elementary Education: Creating a Tapestry of Learning
This volume, being a forerunner to BFSU, effectively outlines learning progressions for all the major subject areas of elementary eduction (K-8). While it does not provide specific lesson plans, users will find a plethora of ideas for organizing and pursuing the teaching of each of the subject areas.
Best Elementary Science Curriculum I Have Found
Building Foundations for Scientific Understanding is a newly released collection of 41 thorough, brilliantly organized, and fascinating lesson plans, covering scientific ideas appropriate for grades K-2. It is suitable for classrooms, learning co-ops, homeschooling, and more. I am using it as a tool in homeschooling my 7 year old twin daughters.
Far Surpasses Any Other Material I Have Come Across
I have read through quite a bit of Dr. Nebel’s material; this book as well as his other book, “Nebel’s Elementary Education, Creating a Tapestry of Learning”, and have been thoroughly impressed with both. I have taught in the public school system for over five years, and the past couple of years have been teaching lower elementary level. Thi…
Nebel Doesn’t Underestimate Children
Learning science in kindergarten is a privilege that most public school students do not enjoy. Teachers have enough to do teaching them to read and do math and stand in line and answer to bells and wait their turn to speak and print their names properly and wait for paste and line up their crayons in a row. Ironically, the kids probably get more scien…
Bring a child to love the process of learning
This latest book is laid out in easy-to-follow specific lesson plans. It is a valuable tool for parents who are home-schooling or who just want to share the joy of learning with their child, and it’s a valuable resource for teachers, as well.
Once a child experiences the excitement of learning something that interests them, there’s no stopping thei…
Wish My Teachers Had Used This Curriculum!
I had the privilege of field-testing Dr. Nebel’s manuscript with my two children. What a rewarding and eye-opening experience!
As a home-school parent, I always thought that science would be a challenge to teach but it wasn’t until I began working through Dr. Nebel’s lessons that I realized my own basic scientific understanding was seriously flawed an…
Dr. Nebel’s series of books are wonderful guides we recommend to any parent who wants to take a more active role in her child’s science education. They are the only commercially available science program we know of that is largely consistent with how we teach at LePort. They provide a wonderful treasure of information on how to integrate a scientific look at the world into ever…
Very Solid Book For Teaching Science
I bought this book based on a review I read from another homeschooling mom, and I was not disappointed. The author lays out not just science facts and experiments, but how to teach children the habits/skills of inquiry. I will be using this book to help me teach science to my first grader.
About the Author
Bernard J. Nebel, Ph.D.
Science is such a broad landscape that many teachers and parents can be completely stumped as to what to teach, when to teach it, and where to start. Press for Learning’s curriculum, “Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding” (BFSU) lays out lessons that address and integrate all the major areas of science and build understanding in a logical systematic manner. After several years of research Nebel tired of the specialization of research and turned to his real passion, teaching, and spent the majority of his career at Catonsville Community College (CCC) in Catonsville MD. Joining the CCC faculty as the environmental movement was coming into being Nebel recognized the need for but absence of a course in environmental science. He went on to develop and write one of early environmental science texts (Environmental Science, Prentice Hall, 1981 and subsequent editions). Nebel likes to say, “While I earned my degree in botany, my broad and varied interests really led me to specialize in being a generalist. This turned out the be the perfect background and training for environmental science” and later, elementary education. A second love, passion, and avocation throughout Nebel’s career has been working with (teaching) younger children. In his teaching at CCC, he continually confronted and became increasingly frustrated by the lack of formative, background knowledge and understanding demonstrated by his entry-level students. Examining elementary school curricula, coupled with his experience of what kids are capable of learning and understanding, led him to believe that there is a need and an opportunity for improvement. “Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding,” Nebel says, “is my contribution toward an improvement. Please consider this a work in progress. I will appreciate any feedback that you feel inclined to offer.”