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irvine101 Wed 07-Oct-15 10:57:26


We were reading a book and my ds came across the word "evolution".

I tried to explain to him like, first there was a micro organisms on earth that evolved into plants, animals, birds, etc. , and all living things took a long time to evolve into different forms today.

Then he said, "ok I understand, so it's like...", but it didn't sound quite right.

I really struggle to explain something to him since English isn't my first, and my ds's only language.

Does anyone have any recommendation for good resources to explain about evolution to 7 year old?

Spantastic Wed 07-Oct-15 12:23:18

Hi there,

I haven't read them yet but these two books were recommended to me by a friend with science background. She had bought them for her nephews to teach them about evolution. You can get them both on Amazon.

'Little Changes' by Tiffany Taylor
'Older than the stars' by Karen C. Fox

irvine101 Wed 07-Oct-15 12:36:33

Thank you.

Ferguson Wed 07-Oct-15 19:20:36

Does he know there used to be 'Dinosaurs', or know what 'fossils' are?

I would imagine there must be BBC Bitesize programmes, that cover similar concepts in an age-appropriate way; come back to me if you can't find anything suitable, and I'll try to help.

Woodlands Junior School, Kent have an excellent web site; this is a companion site, and I have tried to search for 'evolution', but I am not sure if it will work when you see it:

irvine101 Wed 07-Oct-15 19:52:54

Thank you Ferguson.

He loves Dinosaurs and loves fossil hunting.(He has his own fossil hunting set!) It will be the good point to start.

Your post is always a great inspiration.
Thank you again!smile

Ferguson Wed 07-Oct-15 22:43:40

You are very welcome - I'm always pleased to be able to help!

It is probably only around 150 years since Charles Darwin had his theory of Evolution, and of course, the Church were not happy with such ideas at the time. If you are not of a British background, it is possible that your culture or religion had different ideas on Evolution and 'who created the world' etc, so for children it may be confusing to almost be told

two different versions of the same 'story'.

Looking up information about Darwin just now, I found a few links that may be useful:

irvine101 Thu 08-Oct-15 05:52:57

Thank you again^2. Ferguson.

Yes, I am foreign, but my country teaches Darwin as well, so no worries there.

I just had a look on suggested sites, it looks great! We will have fun reading this weekend.

shouldwestayorshouldwego Thu 08-Oct-15 06:24:44

If you live near London you vould visit his old house Down House near Biggin Hill. They have interactive displays and you can see where Darwin did some of his experiments. They also have a mock up of his cabin on the Beagle.

irvine101 Thu 08-Oct-15 08:15:41

Wow! Thank you for info, shouldwestayorshouldwego.

That sound like a great place to visit!

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