Science Books and Chick-Fil-A

I’ve noticed that my daughter’s kindergarten class seems to be ignoring science in favor of literacy. Of course, with a nerd like me as a father, she’s been exposed to basic concepts, but it’s the principle of the matter that bothers me. Why aren’t these kids being introduced to the type of simple science found in Sid The Science Kid? It genuinely bothers me.

In an effort to rectify the problem, I offered to Sasha’s teacher that I would be happy to donate some science books to her classroom. We really like the “Let’s Read-And-Find-Out Science” books because they offer simple explanations to complex scientific topics. Many of them have clever content and beautiful illustrations, but they’re written and illustrated by different people so the individual quality can be a mixed bag.

One of my personal favorites is the beautifully illustrated “Why Do Leaves Change Color” by Betsy Maestro.

While I’m making recommendations, you might want to stop by Chick-Fil-A soon and buy a kid’s meal for your children. Unlike other fast food chains, Chick-Fil-A makes an extra effort to offer educational toys instead of useless plastic movie advertisements. They have a series of books out now called “Science Kids”. We came home with a book about “Birds” by Nicola Davies, but there are also ones on “Weather”, “Animal Homes”, “Planet Earth”, and “Polar Lands”.  This follows up their last prize give-away, which were games by “Think Fun”, a board game manufacturer that we have voluntarily endorsed in the past. So, well done Chick-Fil-A! Keep it up!

5 Responses to Science Books and Chick-Fil-A

  1. Julia says:

    Alas there is no Chik-Fil-A here in the Pac. NW But I liked them when we were down in Charlotte because they had a play area and “fast food” that didn’t gross me out to eat myself (unlike McDonalds which I don’t like … but I do like that my daughter always chooses the apples instead of the fries). I am one of those rare people who likes getting the toys with the Happy Meals for my kids because it is a fun treat. BUT I would much rather get cool science based toys than Disney movie toys.

    Yay for more kid books with science ideas! Our daughter has said science is “super fun” since she could talk and I want to see that encouraged more in our society. I think if science were framed as a fun subject instead of “something that nerds do” or “something hard I’ll never understand” then the crisis of Jenny McCarthy, people eschewing medical care for pregnancies and birth and Intelligent Design taught in schools – that would have less of a chance of taking hold.

  2. Elaine says:

    But, then you have to deal with this kind of stuff:

    “Howe Rice, a franchisee in Glen Allen, Va.,.. “You don’t have to be a Christian to work at Chick-fil-A, but we ask you to base your business on biblical principles because they work,”

    And their anti-gay views:
    http://news.change.org/stories/chick-fil-a-partners-with-rabid-anti-gay-group

    So, too bad. I still won’t go.

  3. Andrew Hall says:

    As a point of principle I wouldn’t eat at a Chik-fil-A due to its support for Christian groups like focus on the Family and Family First.

    http://www.atheistrev.com/2009/12/why-atheists-shouldn-eat-at-chick-fil.html

    That being said, good job donating science books!

  4. Enkidu says:

    My daughter got the Chick-Fil-A book about what creatures live in a pond. :)

    And yes, I knew about their Christian business model, but 1) their chicken and milkshakes are so damn tasty and 2) their employees are extremely polite, unlike almost every other retail/ fast food place I visit. So yes, I have been bought by yummy food and excellent service.

  5. I was going to add the link at Atheist Rev. but, alas, Andrew beat me to it.

    Bad religion and fast food is a double no-no in our household.

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