For someone your son's age, I would steer you away from a formal science curriculum. He will get hooked on science and stay hooked on science if you allow him to experience science. This is true at all ages, but particularly true in the logic stage.
Although this is not quite open and go, it's as close as it gets to having preparation done for you and encouraging your son to explore science and make conclusions.
I recommend:Using Science Notebooks in the Elementary Classroom
by Michael Plentschy - Communication is critical in every field, so it's no surprise that this is so within science. This book will tell you why students should keep science notebooks, how to teach them to do so and what you should expect them to record. It is a fantastic resource that you can implement every year, not just this year.
You will need to purchase one bound composition book for your student (available at WalMart, Target, etc.). Janice VanCleave's Chemistry for Every Kid: 101 Experiments that Really Work
by Janice VanCleave. The experiments in this book use common household items, are easy to follow and they work! Janice VanCleave's Physics for Every Kid: 101 Experiments in Motion, Heat, Light, Machines and Sounds
- same as above.
With the remainder of your budget, you can purchase a storage box for your science supplies. I recommend that you look through the books when you get them and write down all of the odd items that you don't have hanging around the house (specific sized batteries, etc.) and purchase them all at once. Store them in your science box so that they are specifically available for science experiments.
Have your son complete the experiment and write it up in his science notebook and you will have done a great job with a science course.
If you have time to get to the library, be sure to check out science books for him - there are great books that cover a single topic and would be suited for his age range in the juvenile non-fiction section. For fun, you might want to check out the book The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Chemical in the Universe
- the pictures are gorgeous!
Edited by TechWife, 22 November 2010 - 06:37 AM.
Correct book title