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Found 8 results

  1. Now I know some of you are reading this and saying "My kid loves history AND science, and here's what I do." Well in this case I'm really talking about a history-lover, the person who (for pleasure, mind you) compares adult biographies of Queen Elizabeth to clarify discrepancies and thinks no hands-on is complete unless you're really DOING the thing (build a log cabin to live like Little House on the Prairie, etc.). She has always been like this. I'm the polar opposite, so I've sort of taken a "get out of the way" approach to history, which works for us. Y'all with science-y kids do it with them, and that's what I do for history. So for science we've done lots of things. She's fine conceptually, understands things well, engages when we do good hands-on. However we're finally to the stage where she just really doesn't give a flip. And she's asking for the same accommodations for her science disinterest that I, as a history-lover, would gladly give her if she were lamenting history. Thing is, we have this reverse problem, where I can't figure out how our whole discussion of the feeding methods of cnidaria don't interest. Adding hands-on won't help, and getting out of the box won't help. I mean mercy, I'm cool with out of the box. But it's a step beyond that. I think it's how do you do *minimalist* science for the history-lover. Is that it? Is that what I'm looking for? I know there are people in this boat. I have this complex about not doing a good job or preparing her well-enough that she would be comfortable homeschooling her own kids one day. I *think* I'm even starting to get some ideas for how I could do things very differently with her and still have her cover the concepts. (For instance we could do the Practical books from the Singapore science series, which is all the labs, and then fill in with topic books, that sort of thing.) But I still would like to hear some stories about how you put science in its place for your child. To me, and this is just me, it would be more balanced to do equal amounts of history and science daily. That's not her reality. She wants 3 hours of history a day and acquiesces to 45 minutes of science, kwim? And if this were flipped, with your kid doing 3 hours of SCIENCE a day and 45 min. of history, you'd say he was doing perfectly enough. Unfortunately, these junior high and high school sciences take LONGER than that per day, at least for her. Maybe that's where the rub is? I can't trim it down and still feel like I'm doing a good job, kwim? So anyways, if you just wanna come out of the closet and talk about how you did science with your humanities person, I'd be grateful. Curriculum is fine, but even concepts or amount of time or the general chopping principles you use or even just hindsite about what you WISH you had done would be great too. Hope that wasn't too confusing. Thanks!
  2. So I was at a convention this weekend and listened to Shirley Solis of Lifetime Books and Gifts (academic CMer). She is just a treasure! Anyway, I shared with her how I just dislike Science and she said she just uses Living books like Biogrpahies, or things like the Nature Readers, or Story of Inventions...and she uses the Handbook of Nature Study as a spine..but all in a relaxed way. Her oldest son started high school using Apilogia Amd he is doing great- and all they ever did was living books. I'm not a super driven academic WTMer...I'm kinda relaxed about it. So I'm Not concerned with being as academic "as possible" in this area. But I'd like to hear from those who have tried this, if it was stressful for you to always be on the lookout for more books...I'm already on the lookout for books for two kids, myself, and history...lol (I don't like Sonlight's books in this area..I really would prefer mostly bios and story books related to Science.)
  3. I'd like to gather books to put on our must read list for science. I prefer living books to textbooks. Please tell me about your favorites for Pre-K to 8. :)
  4. We have been doing real science 4 kids this year - it has gone well, no problems. But, following more along the recommendations of SWB, we are going to go back to animal, human, and plant life study and then get into the second grade requirements. We are excited. I have been looking for ideas and resources. Today, the kids made a list (dh wrote it on a big dry erase board) of 20 animals they really want to learn about. We are excited to go down some rabbit trails on a few. I think this type of study will have so much meaning to the kids at a younger age. I plan on incorporating a nature study once spring hits - will be awhile. Maybe we can then spot some of the animals we studied, etc? Any one else do something like this? Any insights? I found Guesthollow.com. She has some wonderful printables on animal kingdom etc, if anyone is interested. I linked her on my blog.
  5. List your favorites or even websites with lists. The science dissatisfaction thread has me rethinking things. :auto:
  6. I found this list today and wanted to share the link. It has a list of books for each year (1996-2011)! http://www.nsta.org/publications/ostb/
  7. Besides TWTM way, is there any other living science plans out there? Anyone have their own method? Any different ways you do WTM? Any ideas???? This is for two boys, who will be in 7th and 8th grade, ages 12 & 13 yrs. :bigear:
  8. I am interested in secular living science books. Any recommendations?
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