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  1. I'm switching gears from 2 creative writing/music/history loving girls in highschool --- to 2 very science/math minded boys in middle school. The boys have been along for the ride, but now I need to focus on their strengths -- which are NOT mine! We had a GREAT year last year with Chemistry: RS4K 1, Ellen McHenry's The Elements: Ingredients of the Universe joining their sisters Quality Science Lab Chem kit. This year has been fastastic doing Prentice Hall's Earth Sci, videos & living books & many Astronomy living books. Honestly, they're upset that I don't have more hands-on for Weather & Astronomy. I need help for physics from Prentice Hall Physical Science: Concepts in Action. The boys will be 8th & 6th grades. I need more hands-on lab stuff than the text provides and it has to be things the boys can do mostly themselves (I'm a science failure- when I taught the girls physics at this age, the car kept falling off the side of the inclined board and after 35 minutes I gave up. I could not make 1 in 3 RS4K physics labs work with the girls.) But the boys won't be satisfied with anything too easy or baby-ish --- they eat this stuff up with a spoon. I looked at QSL's physics kit and $250 seems like alot when we won't be doing the math that goes with physics. Suggestions? Jenn in IN
  2. Ok, so, I've been researching all the wonderful science ideas for 4th-6th grade. So many wonderful ideas and wonderful book lists! I've printed the lists and have started a spreadsheet for the ones I like on the rest. So, here's the thing, I am of two minds for science this year - either will be set up in a spreadsheet format/check-off list and he will do fairly independently, with discussion and help from me. Either way, I will add Christian content with secular. He likes both options, so he's of no help. (I tend to be eclectic CM/WTM/whatever else I am): 1. topical unit studies with kits/activities, living books, science informational books using things like Hands On Science Series (thinking that could be a "spine" resource per unit) List of books/encyclopedias on the subject Some creation-based science resources I already own Activity kits from lakeshore, Home Science Adventures, young scientist club, magic school bus kits notebook pages from sites like edhelper, and/or http://www.education.com OR 2. Gods Design for Chemistry and Ecology as a spine and use topically add in books/encyclopedia from great lists I've printed and tagged Maybe a few extra activity kits for interest (see above) Notebooking pages from above listed sites. Other considerations: I have 4 more students ranging from pre-k to 7th grade. 7th graders are doing rainbow science next year. Pre-k kid and 2nd grader will do various units together (2nd grader is a little delayed, and pker is a little advanced, they work well together) and will need me for the majority of their school time. Once I've done these lesson plans, I won't have to do them again for the younger 2, thankfully. So, that's a good thing. Many of the activity resources are reusable too. So, I would LOVE feedback from any of you who have used any of these or done anything similar. Likes/dislikes, things to watch out for, things to consider, etc. Thanks! heather
  3. something comes up and makes me question what I'm doing. So I had 7th grade finally figured out. Math - Life of Fred Pre-Agebra with Keys to Algebra and/or Lial's Prealgebra Science - Noeo Science Chemistry III English - Essentials in Writing and Easy Grammar Plus/Daily Grams 7 with Vocabualry Workshop B and All About Spelling History/Literature - Sonlight core D+E with added grade level readings Now I'm looking at Notgrass America The Beautiful with Lightning Lit 7 for History and literature. Possibly adding in History Odyssey Middle ages, to continue after Ancients this year. OR Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum's People, Places, and Principles of America 2 year course, with Lightning Lit 7. Possibly adding History Odyssey Middle ages here as well. There are just too many choices out there. So out of my choices, which might be the most interesting for a 12 yo girl who enjoys reading to learn.
  4. Hello everyone! I just joined the thread and I am so excited by all the people here and the suggestions on curriculum. I am a former teacher but Science is not my strong suit! Can anyone recommend an engaging Science curriculum for grades 3-6? preferably one that incorporates hands-on activities/experiments rather than a bunch of worksheets. Thanks, Monise
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