Help Your Kids With Science


Help Your Kids With Science

Do you still know your protons from your neutrons? Or your volts from your amps? Even we at Exam Ninja often struggle! Thankfully, there's a superb book that's written for us parents, for this very (common) problem.

Introducing Carol Vorderman's Help Your Kids with Science. This wonderful book covers the three core science subjects - Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and is the perfect parental support if you're finding it difficult to remember about the periodic table, photosynthesis or electromagnetic waves.

Help Your Kids with Science will build help remind you, and help you explain to your child key scientific concepts.


* Please note that this book (or pack of books) is fully updated to the new curriculum that began in 2014 (for Years 1-5 and 7-9) and 2015 for Year 6.

Details of Help Your Kids With Science
Publisher Dorling Kindersley
ISBN 10 1409383466
ISBN 13 9781409383468

Reviews (41)



I had a good look through this book. I could not understand a lot of it as times have changed since I was at school 60 years ago. However saying that it was full of information. I would say this is for 15 years+ kids. Well laid out, fully comprehensive pictures. Step by step instructions. I am keeping this book for my granddaughter who is too young yet at 11 years. All in all I think this will be a very clever tool for help in Science.



There is a lot of well illustrated information in the book, which is designed to introduce all the basics of biology, physics and chemistry. Cons Limited to the three core sciences. The publishers D.K. are still using dark colours to highlight text, which makes it less readable. The science presented is only introductory. The scientific method is poorly explained. The overall appearance is quite feminine, so may put off some boys. The main text is in a small font. The text could be better written. For example this sentence is too long and confusing. 'Inside the cell, large molecules such as proteins and even entire organelles are hoisted around by microtubules, which are also used in cell division.' Pros There is a lot of content, which is visually very accessible. Many very useful and impressive diagrams. Suitable both as a teaching aid and as a reference book. Suitable for anyone with a curious mind Covers a wide range topics within the core subjects. Very Sturdy cover. Deserves a permanent place in any family reference library. Whilst this book is entitled Help Your Kids with Science, suggesting it is a book for parents, I suspect that in most cases it will be the children's bookcase that it will end up on. I have no real problem with this, in that children get enough spoon feeding of information at school. It can be good sometimes to allow them to take the initiative to learn in their own time. This is a book that a child will keep wanting to pick up if left to their own devices. For parents this book is time same reference, because it is so pictorial. It is also extremely useful for the many parents for whom English is not their first language. Having shown the book to a Polish Friend, she has gone straight out and bought her own copy, to help answer the questions of her daughter, who is in primary school.



This is a really nice book for kids, I would say best for 10+ year olds / secondary school. It concentrates mainly on biology, physics and chemistry and is written in an easy to understand, easy to follow and (mainly) entertaining way. I think it is great for any child starting secondary school as it outlines most of the subject in a way that will (hope) spark their interest! Unsure how much of this is actually written by Carol Vorderman but it does not really matter - it is a good book and that matters most!



This book has had some thought put into it rather than being cobbled together. It is well presented and the illustrations are there to illuminate the text rather than as a decorative aside. It covers the basics of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each section of logically set out and gives the adult (well it is entitled 'Help your child') a refresher in those subjects. I have an issue with the colour panels - light grey on pale blue background is not easy to read, neither is grey on blue-purple, and so on. It is interesting to note that Carol Vorderman's name is on it but other than a brief 'foreword' she seems to have had little else to do with the production of this book. As I looked at the information on the pages I started to wonder why things were never that clear when I was studying for O'Levels. This book is well worth considering if you want to sit down and help your child with their studies and homework.



My wife bought this book to help us with all the questions our 5 year old son asked. It's brilliant in every way. It gives enough information for adults to get absorbed in it for hours. Lots of details and facts presented in a very simple straightforward way. We highly recommend this book!



This book is easy to read and very, very pearly presented. I'm 43 and I find it interesting to flick through it, as does my 9 year old daughter.



I like the arrangement of the chapters. The diagrams and illustrations are very informative, specially the schematic presentation of the introductory chapters. Kids normally find it hard to remember all the technical names; the back up information reinforces them.



As soon as I saw that this book was published by DK I knew that it was a must have., DK are renown for publishing highly informative, clearly laid out and easy to read book. Put that together with Carol Vorderman as the author and I was even more eager to get the book. The book covers Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The book starts with asking what is science? and explains the scientific method, which any scientist will go through while completing their research projects. The book is filled with brightly coloured, clearly laid out pages which explains many of the basic principles which underlies much of the science taught in schools today. There is a mixture of brightly coloured pictures and easy to read definitions and explanations on each page. Most of the topics are summarized in a double page spread meaning the important information is included in the book and can be a starting point for further research into a topic. I would recommend this book as a must have for anyone who has children going into a secondary school this September and should be read by both parents and children.



Really lovely book. Covers all the basics that your kid might need to know about science and more. It even covers the Solar System. Useful when your kids ask you questions about their school work. You don't always want to Google for answers, sometimes it's far easier to refer to a well-written book. This is such a book. Great book, well written and useful to have in the house.



This is a great book for introducing children to science. It is very suitable for those beginning and already in high school. While not comprehensive, it presents the basic, and some advanced, concepts in the three disciplines of Chemistry, Biology and Physics. The book has a clear easy-to-follow layout with the perfect balance of text and colour figures, something which DK publishers are renowned for. I highly recommend it.



It's sobering to realise as the Dad of youngsters around 10 years that I last attended a science lesson in 1983...despite plugging away in education to doctoral level, my ability to guide my two through the early stages of Science KS3 and GCSE is rockily based on Brian Cox documentaries and the science pages of The Observer. Nothing wrong with them per se, but this book is a really comforting presence on the bookshelf. The scientific basics in homework-help-friendly pages are well - illustrated and coherently describe in an accessible, but unpatronising manner. The price of 8.99 for this item is seriously good value, and while it might not make their eyes light up with joy on Xmas day, they will thank you eventually! Oh, the real double whammy is the presence of two outstanding brands - Dorling Kindersley could publish beer mats and make them beautiful and informative: Carol Vorderman *is* beautiful and informative - win . Great item - must buy.



time, well packaged, good quality and condition; recommend to all grandparents with presents for grandchildren in mind; money well spent at bargain price!



I am really enthusiastic about this book- I've been looking for something like this for years, so I can catch up with all those wonderful science facts that sped by me at school and I wish I could catch up with now. It covers the full spectrum of science, but in such detail, that it will be invaluable, both for revision, and for parents who are longing to help their children succeed at school, from those first steps in science, right up to the dreaded exams.



Good book



very good book



Originally borrowed from local library. Beautifully laid out and clear. Headings make it easy to indentify points in syllabus. Physics, chemistry, biology sections, with reference sections for quick reference/revision. Liked it so much, we bought the book.



The title says it all as this is a well thought out and presented guide to biology, chemistry and physics designed I would say for children encountering serious science for the first time, say at secondary/ high school. It also includes more complex theories so I would expect this book to stay relevant for the first few years of teaching. Even more important, it is an ENORMOUS help for parents struggling to help their offspring and for whom their school days may be a fading memory. Speaking as just one of those parents, I found this book invaluable for me and ,best of all, my daughter also found the format sufficiently interesting dot her to want to explore the contents herself. Rare to find a guide that is so easy to follow and also attractive for a younger reader. An excellent book and easy to recommend.



It was a present for my son's 11th birthday as he just started year 7 and he loves this book



great aid



This book really does do exactly what it says - it WILL allow you to 'Help your kids with science'. I would say that, in general, it's aimed at children between about 11 and 15 years old - pretty much up to GCSE level. It gives a nice, concise lowdown for a start on the general principles behind science, the scientific method and then the different fields, (e.g.: biology, chemistry and physics) - what they cover and how they are linked. A promising start. The book is then split into 3 large overall sections of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, with each section then being broken up into short topics that are all 2 pages long. Examples of the topics covered are: BIOLOGY: Cell structure, Photosynthesis, Hormones, Body Systems CHEMISTRY: States of matter, Gas laws, Ionic bonding, Catalysts PHYSICS: Forces and mass, Gravity, Waves, Electricity, Magnets Each 2 page topic is attractively and colourfully laid out and does contain quite a lot of information. However, it is likely that many of these topics will be covered in greater depth at school, particularly when studying for GCSEs, and so I think that this book is likely to be most useful for parents and kids to work through when they're introduced to a topic to ensure that it's been understood, or to help with understanding when a topic just hasn't made that much sense at school. It could possibly also work very well as a high level study guide/revision aid. My kids love their science and I was hoping that this would be a book that they'd dip into out of curiosity. The format though, whilst attractive and informative, is a little textbook-like and a little broken up because of the short topics and so it doesn't really invite you to pick it up and read it as such. That said, I can't mark it down because I think it's great for what it's intended for and really should help to clarify and/or check understanding of many aspects of science that are taught at school. Highly recommended.



This is written in much the same vane as the maths version of this book, each subject is covered in a helpful diagrammatic fashion. It is clearly presented and is split into the three subjects, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. It is aimed at those doing science in secondary school (I bought for my 13 year old) but my eldest son has looked at it whilst doing his A-Levels. It is wonderful for boys who learn mainly from pictures or can remember colourful patterns, they do not learn the same way as the girls. I think this book should be at home with every child. It helps parents to be able to talk through each item within the subjects clearly. Excellent guide, well worth the money. Buy the maths one also, its excellent too.



This is an accessible guide to Biology, Chemistry and Physics. It also features a section called What is science? Sometimes it's useful to take a step back and understand the bigger picture of what we are studying. Having read this book, I know about answering questions, measurements, backing up knowledge, specialists and applying science. I've also learned about the scientific method, fields of science, and what social and applied sciences are, though a detailed description of the latter two categories is beyond the remit of this book. Help Your Kids With Science is well designed with plenty of diagrams and the occasional photograph. The illustrations are colourful and communicate their messages well, without being too distracting. The font size is a little on the small side, but is legible. They've had to make the text small because there is so much information they wanted to fit in. This book is just over 250 pages, including the index. This means there isn't room to go into great depth on each topic, but it is useful as a way of gaining an overview into each subject. There are reference pages for each subject and a glossary. I wish there had been a book like this when I was studying science at school. Help Your Kids With Science will appeal to children and adults who want a painless (re)introduction to the sciences.



A good well written, easy to follow and nicely illustrated introductory guide to science for kids or the adults roped into helping them with their homework. No waffle, no incomprehensible gobble-dee-gook! Recommended!



This book has is well laid out with lots of explanations and diagrams. For a parent with a non science background it would provide background to help kids from primary school up to the early/middle stages of secondary school. Its easy to find information and gives a starting point for discussions and pointing your child in the right direction. Even if a parent has a science background ( I have a science degree) is good to know what they are being taught and how the information is being presented to children today, plus its nearly 20 years since I studied and its good to be reminded of things.



A beautifully illustrated and well laid out science book covering the three main subjects, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. I would guess it's more of a key stage 3 book covering the subjects taught at the beginning of secondary school. I got this book for my son who meets the above criteria perfectly and we have both sat a read through many of the sections together. I personally found the book very interesting picking up on many of the things I had forgotten and my son who loves science thinks it's superb. It sits on the end of his bed and when not reading his school books I often find him flicking through the different sections before bedtime. It makes a fantastic resource for science homework.



Very good book



It's nice to see a book that explains science and doesn't demand you memorise it just for the sake of doing so. Broken down into 3 logical sections of biology, chemistry and physics. There is a formal explanation of each area such as separating compounds or energy efficiency. You get to see this illustrated in the scientific view and then explained by example. For separating compounds, churning butter shows how milk is transformed into butter solids and by-product. Energy efficiency shows the loss due to heat from what started as light. If you want to show your children what a wave really means, it will give you and them a 'get-it' moment. Even basic electronics is explained in a way that will allow you to read a basic circuit diagram. Many of the basic formulae are explained alongside the science. One final note, this book is not just for the children, adults will get a lot out of it too. Unless you went on to science in higher education or as a job then the memory starts to archive most of this knowledge. The chemistry section was a real boost for me personally.



This is a very comprehensive book covering most of the science topics you could be asked about by your child, split into the three main categories of biology, chemistry and physics. The level is quite detailed and it seems like it is aimed at helping children at GCSE level or thereabouts (definitely more secondary level than ks1 or 2) as there is a lot of detail there. The aim of the book is to help parents refresh their understanding of these topics to enable them to help their kids with the science homework, which is something I need as like most people I can't remember much from science lessons back in school. The explanations in the book are clear enough to understand and when browsing through, a lot of the information seemed familiar and it all came back to me from school, even down to recognising some of the specific experiments mentioned but without the book I never would have remembered. This will come in really handy once my children's school work starts getting a bit more detailed, as it will give me the confidence to feel able to help them when required.



Having studied the entire book, I thought about two things -its content and just who is is aimed at? I have degree level qualifications related to physics and a little less to chemistry -whilst my wife has a degree in biology and 'A' level in Chemistry. So we teamed up to review the three sections of 'Help Your Kids with Science' In all three sections the topics are short summaries of a particular subject -almost like 'tasters' to both give you an idea of the topic and encourage you to dig deeper. So for example the Doppler effect of sounds coming and going away from you as a car passes are described. All the diagrams in the book score highly because they are clear and uncluttered and in colour. We agreed that the book covers a far ranging group of topics which probably extend past GCSE (or whatever it will be called) up to 'A' level. However, the book is just a building block in the kid's studies. They will need the detailed equations and other stuff in their school/college books in order to take an exam /do project work to successfully pass the exam In the chemistry section there are clear equations for various reactions and also families of compounds. In the biology section my wife says the sections are clear and far ranging in the level of subjects covered. So -the other part of my review -who is the target market for this book. The title says that it is aimed at kids. It is set out in a deceptively simple way to enable parents to get an understanding of a specific topic. Even if the parent never studied science to any depth in the past. So if young Fred says, 'what is symbiosis dad?' then at least the dad and Fred can turn to page 53 to get an idea on this kind of cooperation in the natural world. I think any book which encourages adults or kids to know a bit more about the world around them and to 'lift the bonnet' on how things work should be commended. This Carol Vorderman book is well laid out and I think should act a catalyst (sorry!) to help both adults and kids to both get a handle on and encounter science for the first time. So for 'kids' this book may be better for kids up to say 14 (only my suggestion) who are doing science type subjects in school -before they embark on the more focused GCSE level subjects -at which point they use their course books. In that context I think the book gets a 8/10 score



Borrowed this book from a friend so ordered myself a copy as it is a great reference book to have.



Have had the maths for some time and my daughter uses it herself as an aid now at senior school. She thinks it explains everything very simply and clearly - here's hoping science does too.



Bought my son this and the Carol Vorderman English and Maths help books. Not only do they help him but help me too!!! I would highly recommend to anyone who has a child 12+



My daughter has just started secondary school (11) and this book matches exactly the material in the science book she's bringing home. Not how many school years it covers, probably two or three, i.e. before they select subjects for GCSE. But it's clearer than the school book, better presented and perfect for homework. Although it's aimed at parents, there's no reason why children shouldn't use it for their own reference. As with all VK books, it's just that bit more usable and friendlier than the others - they seem to have the right balance of whitespace, for example. It never looks cluttered or dense, but the info you need is there.



Great book used to help children with homework! I have recommend this book to my friends who have purchase this to help their children and it is written in easy to understand English.



This is a great book to help your kids understand science better. It's full of colourful illustrations and summarizes different subjects very well and in basic terms. Highly recommended!



Whether you go for this book depends really on what you want it for. It is great for kids and parents who have little knowledge of science, which is I guess what it is aimed at. I liked the pictures and it gave a very quick description of key ideas about a topic. Not detailed enough for GCSE or secondary really, but perhaps a good summary of year 7 work? Would be good for primary stages and supporting parents of children in year 6-8.



I am a graduate Chemist and currently training as a Secondary school science teacher, this would be a good, easy to use reference book for any child ages 11+. The diagrams and information is clear but unfortunately it's not much fun the Usborne What's Science all about;What's Science All About?. I would recommend this for anyone who want's to know a bit more about science and as the title says anyone who wants to help their kids with science.



I understand that this is aimed at parents, but I'm not sure what age group of child it's designed for, although I would guess around 10 - 13. It seems more complex than my 9 year old needs, but isn't at GCSE standard. There are quick intro topics, such as 'the scientific method' then the book is divided into Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each page is well laid out, which not too much information, and good coloured diagrams and pictures. Although it's aimed at parents, I would imagine it would also make a good reference and revision book. I do, however, wonder how much input Carol Vorderman had, as inside it says 'Foreword by Carl Vorderman' and there are other writers mentioned.



useful background primer. It would be helpful if it had some kind of curriculum or age link - key stage 3? it's good but basic in some areas and advanced in others. But a helpful manual to respond to queries and spark an interest.



Carol Vorderman needs no introduction; I'm in my 30's and remember reading her books on doing science experiments at home in my childhood... What you don't see from the front cover is that beneath her celebrity endorsement lies the work of four very experienced science writers & educators plus a team of publishers, artists & illustrators. This terrific book is, therefore, the successful synthesis of one of Britain's leading Science & Maths popularisers and professionals in their respective fields under the DK label that is synonymous with quality publishing... The book is clearly and thoroughly laid out; the material is eye-catching and breathes life into the topics covered and the `real world' examples remind parent and child alike that this isn't simply an academic exercise but is a tool for understanding the universe. My background in science and engineering means that most of the topics are within my grasp and I am frequently called upon by parents of children at secondary school to assist in explaining their child's curriculum... but I would struggle to present them as clearly and as economically as they have been in this book. That said, the book still contains the occasional frustrating simplification, propagating misunderstanding that takes effort to `un-learn' if a child progresses on to further education in a technical subject. For example, in the Gravity section, there is a text box stating 'Someone who weighs 40kg (88lb) on Earth would weigh more than one tonne on the Sun - if it were possible to stand on its surface'. The good news here is that it illustrates how weight depends on the experience of local force of gravity ; the bad news is that mass is measured in kg; weight is measured in Newton's and the tonne (a metric measure of mass) is just as inappropriate. I have no criticism of the fact that the book is not connected to syllabus or key-stage. There are plenty of books for that anyway but the point here is that science can be learned in a `joined up' way without compartmentalising everything into school years. What I would criticise slightly is that the book does not clearly state what age range or school levels are catered for (even if the division is arbitrary) as it would make it harder to assess whether it would make a suitable gift `unseen'. As I don't have a detailed knowledge of the key stage structure I can only reiterate what others have stated; the book will be very helpful for the early part of secondary school or for younger gifted children looking to expand their knowledge. All in all a very worthwhile addition to a family learning library.



Very good book that covers simple and more complex topics. The text is very clear and illustrations excellent. As a now retired scientist/ engineer I find it interesting and informative, so its great to help my grandchildren learn.

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