Since I pulled my twins out of PS first grade in January our science has been Mystery Science once a week or so. I already purchased R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey, Earth and Space, for next school year. However, I'm starting to see the appeal in interest-led schooling for science. My girls are really interested in the Mystery Science natural disaster mysteries and that led us to watching Dante's Peak (volcanoes) and videos of landslides. In the past we've read about tornadoes and now they have a sudden interest in the Northern Lights so today we are skipping Mystery Science and instead watching a 60 Minutes documentary on the Northern Lights that I found on YouTube.
I'm really debating shelving the RSO for now and following their interests and see where it takes us. I just don't know how to do it. I'm definitely more of a "by the book" homeschooling mom. I like having a curriculum and boxes to check. But I admit science was never an interest of mine and I love that they are interested in these topics. It's just out of my comfort zone.
It is important for me to keep them at, or close to, grade level as homeschooling was accidental and we do plan on the girls eventually going back to school (probably middle school). With that being said, no set subjects are required in my state (NC) and I don't believe science is on the (required) achievement test so if there is one subject with flexibility it's science.
How exactly do I go about doing this? Do I ask the what topics they want to learn about and then just find as much information as I can about said topic? I'm assuming, then, that there wouldn't really be a set schedule as we just dive in as little or as much as we want? Do you find that they do learn a lot this way? Meaning you are comfortable and confident that they are learning science? Do you worry that the interests aren't broad enough at this age? For example, not focusing on, say, the human body or the life of a plant? I hope that makes sense!
Any been-there-done-that advice would be much appreciated!