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  1. Someone, anyone, just tell me what to do and I will do it. I promise!! We just do not "do" it. I want to do it..the kids want to do it....we just don't....please just tell me what to do. :confused::confused::confused::confused: WTM notebooks don't happen. We have such good intentions and we try, but alas, not so much. My children are (in the fall) 7th grade boy (only mildly interested) and 3rd grade girl (VERY clever and VERY highly motivated) I just can't reinvent the wheel, so I would love to combine at least on some level. Secular would be preferable (though we are Christian). I'll do some experiments. I'll buy extra books. I just need a plan!
  2. I'm not looking for a curriculum, just books about teaching science. Thanks to Alte Vesta Academy's many awesome science posts, I have Nurturing Inquiry on my list. Anyone else have a recommendation for books to get me inspired and motivated to teach science?
  3. There has been talk here and in the media about how other countries teach math, particularly countries that do well on the TIMSS. I've read Liping Ma's book as well as The Teaching Gap. If there are any others addressing math, I'd love to know about them. But what about science? Other than the Singapore MPH science, does anyone know how science tends to be taught in countries that have a reputation for excellence in science? I know that strength in math has a lot to do with it in high school years, but what do they do in the lower grades? My impression, which may well be faulty, is that the U.S. tends to have really boring textbooks, or the opposite constructivist extreme where the students are supposed to reason their own way into scientific principles. What do you think?
  4. Thought I'd make a place for those who put a particularly mathy/scientific twist on their kids' education to meet up and exchange ideas and inspiration, rather than if such a thing is wise.
  5. Or anyone else who wants to jump in, please do. (As if I have to add that on the WTM boards, lol.) Alte Veste, I have been reading several of your older post on inquiry based science and it really resonates with me. I would like to shift our science study in that direction after the new year. Prior to this science has tended to go in different ways here. It's either no science at all, follow a program which never lasts, try interest based which also never lasts, just read some books and watch dvds and call it a day. None of these is consistent or satisfactory. I really do think science should be based on their curiosity and questioning and I want to work with that. I have just been bumbling about, trying or not, to figure out how. So, I have some specific questions and then maybe just need a bit of hand holding. I know that may be a tall order, but if you have time can you answer some questions. I see that you say you start with the rabbit trails. Then further down in this previous post http://www.welltrainedmind.com/forums/showthread.php?p=1947203#post1947203 you explain the 5E model. E1 says conduct demonstration or read a book to hook the kids. I'm a little confused how the rabbit trail aspect fits into that. Do you choose the demonstration or book based on a rabbit trail? Or do you start with a topic of your choosing, demonstrate or read, and then pick up on any rabbit trails that stem from there? Also you mention a question board. Can you elaborate on this a bit more? Ditto with discovery boxes. Photos appreciated.:) I am planning to get some of the books you mentioned, but as I just discovered this yesterday I don't have my hands on anything just yet and I am eager to learn about this. I think I will have more questions, but this is just to get started. I'm a bit nervous as my previous record in science (and many parts of hsing) is not solid in the stick-to-it area. I am also concerned that this will take a lot of time both to understand and to implement. However, I am highly motivated at this point, as this just seems right. Thank you for any help.
  6. It seems so...unstructured! I don't have trouble finding books or videos or whatnot on different topics, but I have no idea how to go about finding hands-on activities. I stink at hands-on activities in general...I skip right through all the ones in FIAR and even try to avoid getting play-doh and messy art supplies out for my kids because the clean-up drives me nuts (where's the bag-over-head smilie when you need it?).
  7. In the what are you perennially unsatisfied with thread, science is definitely the leader and I feel like I've heard that complaint before. I put together our own science program, so I don't have that complaint, but it seems to be so pervasive, that I've wondered about it. Is it the lack of good options? Certainly from a secular perspective, I see it as an issue, but there are certainly options for elementary in particular. Is it that the expectations or understanding of us as parents is off? Do we expect the wrong things? Is it some failing in the classical approach (I've heard people who feel WTM doesn't "get" science)? Is it just that science requires more prep and time than other subjects to do it right, making it a constant frustration?
  8. I've been typing, erasing and re-typing my answer to FarrarWilliam's excellent question for the past 5 minutes and it occurred to me that science looks very different from family to family. I'm new at HSing, and am perhaps trying to replicate school-at-home, but to me doing science requires: 1. Text Usually a textbook, or a spine to cover a topic's major principles. Accurate but not painstakingly dense with words that DS starts to EGO (eyes glaze over). 2. Demonstration Can come from a kit or assembled supplies, preferably fool-proof and clearly illustrates the points made in #1. 3. Reference Back-up to #1 if student wants to find out more : Online videos, living books, encyclopedias 4. Discussion/Further experimentation This could be a period of time to do lapbooks, write reports, tweak variables in #2 and talk about the results. Farrar recommended a good set of books by Bernie Zubrowski for this. Pulling all those together takes time and energy, and to be honest, most of the time I stop at #1. I can't say that I've found a sterling source for each that covers the Bio/Chem/Physics/Earth science strands, although BFSU is working pretty well this year - I just had to take time during summer to go through the book and order random items from Home Science Tools.
  9. I have used Elemental Science and RS4K and we make a hypothesis, conduct the experiment, fill out lab notes,... aren't we learning the scientific method that way? It seems that the rave reviews are telling me that BFSU is better in this respect. Why? TY TY
  10. How's it working for you? How old are your kids now? Are they "science-y" kids? Did you find that NOT doing a formal science program in the early years positively or negatively influenced their attitude/knowledge/love of science as they grew older? And finally, what exactly did you "do" in those interest led years? Read alot? Random experiments? Mythbusters? Nature walks? Thank you!
  11. My two year search for the perfect science curriculum has led me to conclude that I shall either have to write my own, or appraoch science without a curriculum, piece by piece. So, to those of you who do not use a science curriculum, what do you do to provide structure and coherency? Do you use a standard line of questions and a science log ala WTM which the student completes for every book or experiment? Do you choose a spine and follow rabbit trails? Just narration, copywork, etc.? I am asking generally, for grades 3-8. I have divided our science studies each year into three parts: nature study (with a nature notebook), natural history (readings), and "science". I have already planned out nature study and natural history, and have only "science" to consider. In this facet, I'd like us to study chemistry, zoology, botany, physics, astronomy, physical geography, meteorology, etc. I have a general order of study, but HOW to go about this has my stymied. I have read the WTM recommendations for grammar and logic stage, but I'd love to hear from the hive, too.;) Thank you for all your replies! :)
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