BalletBoy has asked to do something with chemistry for next year.
I'm trying to figure out what to structure for him. This doesn't have to be a long unit - it definitely won't be more than a semester. I absolutely don't want a traditional program like Mr Q or Elemental. It absolutely must be secular. We did Middle School Chemistry two years ago, so that's out as well, though it means I still have some good lab equipment and some of the chemicals. I also don't want to do any of the Ellen McHenry things - they definitely aren't right for this kid in this case.
I am leaning toward doing The Disappearing Spoon for sure. He's a good reader and it'll be a good book for him. Does anyone know of any reading questions for it? I thought about having him do the Groovy Kids online class which would just take this off my plate, but we're busy Mondays (though that might change) so I think that's out.
However, I know he'd like to have some hands on things as well. Any thoughts? An experiment book he could work through that wouldn't be too "baking soda and vinegar!" but also wouldn't be full on high school chemistry labs? Something that would be interesting and engaging... maybe about a specific topic? He did his spring science fair style project on bath bombs - he made three different recipes and predicted which would fizz the most and take longest to dissolve. That sort of playing around with the different ingredients is definitely part of what he's hoping to do, so something that goes beyond the whole "wow, that turned colors/exploded/changed temperature/etc!" sort of thing would be good too.
I considered getting MEL Chemistry but I just could not justify the cost in the end. Oh well.