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Do you use a curriculum for science?

If yes, which one and what do you like/dislike about it?

If no, what do you use for science?

What science topics are you teaching this year, and how old is your child?

Any advice on how to implement science or choose a curriculum?
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by on Aug. 18, 2011 at 8:26 AM
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by on Aug. 19, 2011 at 10:46 AM

 This year (DD is starting third grade in 10 days) we are using Elemental Science for chemistry and then we follow R. Rupp's book(Home Learning Year by Year) for third grade science. I buy all the books she suggests and then to supplement the different sciences/topics we are using Young Scientist Club & Magic School Bus science kits. And I did buy three Science/Literature units (MSB) for the solar system, the human body, and inside the earth.

by on Aug. 19, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Do you use a curriculum for science? Yes I am using R.E.A.L. science odyssey at the moment. In a few weeks we will be starting a unit study on the human body then I think we will probably be switching to Apologia's Astronomy.

If yes, which one and what do you like/dislike about it?I like the way it introduces the topics and  does briefs over views but I have difficulty completely some of the labs (my own personal issue). I downloaded the trial of it and we are over half way through it. I have yet to decide if I will purchase the rest or not.

If no, what do you use for science?

What science topics are you teaching this year, and how old is your child? My DS is 6.
Any advice on how to implement science or choose a curriculum? I chose based on my DS's interest which I think makes it much easier to get him involved in it.

by on Aug. 19, 2011 at 2:51 PM

We are using Catholic Heritage Curricula and supplement with whatever my son is into.  Last year, when he was four, he was into volcanoes and planets, so we spent the whole year learning about that.  This year he is into magnets, weather (hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, etc.), the body, and molecules.  During the week, I do simple lessons on these topics, and then every Sunday, my husband does an experiment with him.  My husband is a microbiologist, so he is my son's go-to guy when it comes to science. =) 

by on Aug. 19, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Quoting Boobah:
Do you use a curriculum for science? Evans-Moore Books http://www.evan-moor.com/Product.aspx?SeriesID=115&ClassID=163&CurriculumID=6

If yes, which one and what do you like/dislike about it? We haven't used it yet. I'll let you know.

If no, what do you use for science?

What science topics are you teaching this year, and how old is your child? My kids are 5 & 6. We will be doing the Human Body, Solar System and Geology to start. We home-school year round so it is just a start for us. I have a project for each subject as well. We are going to cut out their bodies and paste their organs to it as we study them, we are going to make a solar system model and go panning for gold and rock collecting.

Any advice on how to implement science or choose a curriculum? You have to know your kids interests. My kids helped me choose what they wanted to study and then I went looking for materials/workbooks/curriculum for it.


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by on Aug. 19, 2011 at 9:44 PM
We use a unit study curriculum, Learning Adventures, which includes all subjects except math, foreign language (although Latin and Greek roots are taught), and typing. It includes daily lesson plans for all subjects. Subjects are taught from a Christian perspective including Creationism with Earth being approx 6,000 years old. I love it!!!! She provides the basics each day, but suggests that you expand on the subject, esp those in which your children show lots of interest, using books from a list of suggestions. I personally like using DK Eyewitness and Eye Wonder books. For lighter reading, Magic School Bus books are fun. Hands-on and experiments are also suggested. We also camp and spend time outdoors often, so we get to see and experience lots of what we learn first hand. I think of how much I hated science in school, reading boring textbooks and memorizing facts, and I'm sooo happy that my children are homeschooled and truly enjoy learning! Such a blessing!!


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by on Aug. 20, 2011 at 9:09 AM

 I design our own curriculum, my boys are 7 & 10 and we are focusing on Physics, I have degrees in Phyiscs and Geology so they are my easiest subjects to teach- here's a bit I wrote in my blog answering some mom's questions on what we do...In the past we've done lots of lapbooks.

What books am I using for Quantum Physics?

We are using "Alice in Quantumland" and "Scrooge's Cryptic Carol" both are awesome for creating that visual picture for things that are so conceptual, as well as "The Cartoon Guide To Physics" and "Janice VanCleave's Physics for Every Kid: 101 Easy Experiments". But I've always just made my own curriculums.

What sequence did you use for beginning Physics?

Ok basically I taught/will teach them in this order -

Machines (levers, wheels, etc), Motion/Forces (intro Newton's Laws), Light & Sound/Waves, Optics, Matter/Fluids,Probability/Measurement, Electricity/Magnetism, Heat/Thermodynamics,The Atom, Quantum, Astro, Nuclear, The 10 Dimensions, Newton, Einstein, Steven Hawking, Neils Bohr = until the Quantum I didn't teach the formula's that went with the topics (since my kids were REALLY young when we started (toddlers) so much of the formula's were beyond them....that's why I introduced Newton then went back to it later in more depth - where I could include the mathematics (to a certain extent).

Although I also found my background made teaching math easier as well (haha) in that scientists like Physicists realize the 'numbers' in all equations are just titles or names for sets. This is the same in Physics with their advanced equations - each letter/symbol stands for another set. Believe it or not changing the 'number' names to symbols or letters keeps things more organized and less confusing. (of course many of the symbols also stand for other equations, but that's another matter). Many kids/teachers get caught up on the identifiers - the number 3 times the number 5 always makes the number 15 - then once the student reaches middle or high school we throw away the numbers in favor of letters/symbols for algebra when most student's lock up with confusion not understanding what the x's and the y's are supposed to be about, But I think I've digressed, lol...

Online Physics Resources?
Some of the websites I love:

http://www.school-for-champions.com/science.htm#Physics http://www.lbl.gov/abc/ http://www.chemmybear.com/shapes.html http://americanhistory.si.edu/kids/molecule/ http://www.mos.org/sln/Leonardo/InventorsToolbox.html http://www.howeverythingworks.org/ http://www.blackcatsystems.com/science/radiation.html
http://www.kqed.org/quest/television/view/397 (the science of a home run)
http://slinky.org/ Demonstrating Physics Concepts with the Amazing Slinky!

http://www.pitt.edu/~poole/physics.html = For the Physics Teacher

to read more you can check out my blog - http://kickbuttcrazylapbooks.blogspot.com/2011/06/physics-progression-questions-answered.html 

by on Aug. 24, 2011 at 8:38 AM
Kickbuttmama, you rock. ;)
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