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Magic School Bus as only science?

Posted by on Jan. 27, 2013 at 11:45 AM
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I posted a couple of weeks ago that DS, (who is 5.5) is bored with his science. He dreads it. So I ordered the Magic School Bus DVDs and have a few books lying around. Is it "enough" for kindergarten/1st grade science? I have the mindset that a curriculum is needed and I need to get over that, I think.

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usmom3
by BJ on Jan. 27, 2013 at 12:22 PM
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I would think it is enough for his age. I saw somewhere (I think Amazon) that there are science kits that are Themed after Magic School Bus, I would get one of them to try out for a hands on project.
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jellybeans5
by Member on Jan. 27, 2013 at 12:52 PM

I think it's enough, my kids love the Magic School Bus and It's all I used for science for my littles for quite awhile. The neat thing is if you watch the show with your kids and discuss it afterwards it tends to snowball. You end up dragged to the computer looking up tent caterpillars. :-)

Here's a few links, if you google you can find more. :-)

http://www.easyfunschool.com/article1089.html

http://budgethomeschool.com/favorites.asp?f=/Lesson+Plans/Magic+School+Bus

http://www.homeschoolhelperonline.com/units/volcanoes.shtml

 

kirbymom
by Sonja on Jan. 27, 2013 at 1:01 PM

It sould be enough. Unless of course he decides that he loves it now.  :) 

Here are some links that you might find useful....

http://www.amazon.com/Science-Play-Discoveries-2-To-6-Year-Olds-Williamson/dp/1885593201

http://www.jumpstart.com/parents/activities/activities-5-year-old

http://www.ehow.com/about_5476017_science-activities-year-olds.html

http://thestayathomer.com/science-experiments-5-year/


oahoah
by Member on Jan. 27, 2013 at 5:04 PM
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I think it's fine. We are big MSB fan's too and have also implemented with hands-on projects and am thinking of joining this but not sure yet - http://www.theyoungscientistsclub.com/themagicschoolbus/ .Are you maybe doing too much? I would say science once a week at his age is plenty and add in a hands-on experiment. Here are some great websites with free ideas, http://www.hookedonscience.org/, http://www.homeschoolscience.com/, http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/.

BramblePatch
by on Jan. 27, 2013 at 5:25 PM
Its one page 2 to 3 days a week. Maybe 3 minutes of reading and 2-5 minutes of discussion. Once every week or two there is an activity.


Quoting oahoah:

I think it's fine. We are big MSB fan's too and have also implemented with hands-on projects and am thinking of joining this but not sure yet - http://www.theyoungscientistsclub.com/themagicschoolbus/ .Are you maybe doing too much? I would say science once a week at his age is plenty and add in a hands-on experiment. Here are some great websites with free ideas, http://www.hookedonscience.org/, http://www.homeschoolscience.com/, http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/.


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irvinehiker
by Andrea on Jan. 28, 2013 at 5:08 PM

I thinks it's enough.  You could add library trips that follow his interests also.

BraydensMama163
by Member on Jan. 28, 2013 at 6:52 PM

I think that should be enough if you include some of the magic shool bus kits. You can buy them from walmart.com for pretty cheap. 

mem82
by Platinum Member on Jan. 28, 2013 at 7:20 PM

I think so. Science comes in from a ton of sources so I wouldn't worry about it at his age.

jen2150
by Silver Member on Jan. 29, 2013 at 8:42 AM

It is plenty but I wouldn't stop there.  I would purchase models and kits, get extra books from the library, research extra projects and activities.  A lot of time what I do is pick a favorite book for the spine for our study and then fill in the gaps with other things.  It is definately a good start.  We are big fans of magic school bus.

hipmomto3
by Bronze Member on Jan. 29, 2013 at 9:37 AM

I think it's fine.

We don't do science the same way we do other subjects (math, history, language, etc). It goes in spurts with science, whereas with other subjects it's a little bit, every day. With science, we always do one unit on Fridays, and some weeks, we will continue that on other days as well. But some weeks it's just Friday. Just depends on the topic that week, and how interested the kids are in that.

We also incorporate science into other subject areas. Health + science is an obvious match. But like last week, my son read about Rainforest peoples in his Usborne Peoples of the World book (we use Sonlight), so we also checked out a Rainforest DVD from the library and watched that afterwards - combining anthropology, geography, and science. 

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