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  1. I've been having a lovely conversation on a thread on the k-8 board about science activities. I will have to admit that with the exception of Leeyeewah and Rose, it was pretty much a one-way conversation! I think I scared almost everyone off the thread :001_huh:. So I thought I would move it here where the students are older, and the moms (or dads) a bit more jaded about the time they spending setting up and running science activities ;). Why do you choose to do a science activity? Do you have goals you are trying to meet? Do these activities/labs/observations/experiments/demos meet yo
  2. 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 d
  3. Every year each of my kids does a large scientific investigation, and it is that time of year again. As I did last year , I will write up what we have accomplished each week, so that you can see true scientific inquiry in action. Often people only see the outcome of a scientific investigation, and it always looks so tidy. This is not how science works as you will soon see with my kids' projects. So last year, my older son won the Regional Science Fair and was so excited that he started planning his next project 2 months later! Here is what I wrote up in October: x-post Coming up with an id
  4. Every year we do a large scientific investigation for our science fair. And I thought that there might be some in the hive who would like to see how scientific inquiry works, especially while we are in the middle of it rather than all tidied up and sugar coated at the end. :001_smile: We are studying Earth Science this year and have done 9 weeks each of astronomy, geology, and oceanography, so there are 9 left for our investigations. Earth Science is always the hardest science topic for kids to study IMHO because the processes are slow (plus I have never studying Earth Science (eve
  5. Move along.... nothing to see here. Actually, since the new board does not allow tagging by anyone but the OP, I am having trouble keeping track of all the big posts I have written since Nov 2012. So I have decided to keep a running list here so that I can just send people to this post and not have to keep tracking down all the things I have written. So, just ignore me while I go troll through all my 3000 posts to see what is valuable, and what is really not. It is going to be a mess for a while as I edit bit by bit over time. Ruth in NZ Big Picture Goals Developing advanced reading skil
  6. I've been asked in this thread http://forums.welltrainedmind.com/topic/489738-living-books-approach-to-9th-grade-biology/ to write a living books approach to physics. Although I am a qualified teacher in all sciences, my speciality is biology, so I am sure that others (obviously Regentrude) will have suggestions to improve this plan. I hope that it is helpful to all the poets out there (read humanity types) who want to be educated in physics, but don't have an interest in using a mathematical or textbook-based approach. I have found this week-long project to be fascinating! See post 25 f
  7. We haven’t done a lot of formal science. I need to try to get my 7th grade daughter ready for high school science and I have 2 years. I am doing BFSU Vol 1 with all of my children (7th down to K) but not at a pace that is going to be sufficent for her. I will continue to include her in that, but I want her to do something on her own. Any ideas? I would especially appreciate ideas that might use what I have. Should I take the 4 science areas and split them up into 4 parts and do 2 each year and just get done what we can? I don’t want to buy an expensive program. Thanks,
  8. This is an x-post from this thread. I thought it might help someone else and was pretty buried in that thread. The thread also contains all the questions I asked about the situation and the answers Aimee gave me which I used to create the plan. Ruth in NZ X-post Well, here is my thoughts on a plan. Obviously, you need to adapt it to work for your very lovely dd. If you have any questions, please ask! Goals To rekindle the love of science. And that is it! Plan: Topics (each 1-2 months) Biochemistry and Neurobiology Microbiology Astronomy Anatomy Chemistry Electronics
  9. As some of you might know, for the past 2 years I have written up our scientific investigations week by week, as they occur. This allows people to see science as it happens, rather than just the tidied-up results at the end. Science is messy and unpredictable, as I am sure that this project will demonstrate. I never know going into an investigation how it will turn out. Can we actually study the question? Will we find anything useful or interesting? Will we need to switch projects? So it is a bit of a leap of faith for me to just put the process out there, with no idea of success or fail
  10. OK, so here I am--average mom, homeschooling the people, learning latin, and mainly doing experiments on whether or not I can buy healthy food for my 8 and stay under budget. In my spare time, though, I burn the midnight oil reading books like, "North and South Pole," "The Disappearing Spoon," and last but not least "The Faith of Scientists." (The last book is a collection of scientists' own writing on their faith or non-faith.) I really enjoy reading about how the earth's spreading seafloor records earth's changing magnetism over billions of years. It's explained in detail and I get
  11. The purpose of this thread is to allow Hive members to petition Ruth (lewelma) to write a science book. For those of you who may have missed her threads, please read: Scientific Inquiry How important is science curriculum? Rigorous Logic Stage Science Sequence If there are any other great threads I might have forogtten to link, please let me know. Ruth's book could talk more in depth about scientific inquiry vs. scientific history, how to incorporate WTM science in a practical way, how to choose those three science books per year, whether you should let your student just abso
  12. I'm cleaning out my in box and ran across this list I made for someone. Thought a few of you might find it useful: Here are the ones we have seen both in geology and astronomy (and some environmental science). National geographic: Living Rock: an introduction to earths Geology birth of the earth birth of the solar system birth of the universe colliding continents deadliest planets death of the sun destructive forces earth's core ring of Fire BBC: How the Earth made us Deep Earth Water Wind Fire People Modern Marvels Coal mines diamond mines Quarries Renewable
  13. For elementary? I have a PreK, 2nd, and 4th grader (I already have curriculum for the older ones) and I just don't want to be tied down to a curriculum. But, I'm a bit nervous about "winging it". I need some type of plan to keep me on track. We have The Nature Connection for Nature Study and I am looking forward to using that. I have CKE Earth and Space but we tried that last year and it just wasn't our cup of tea. If you do interest led science, how do you do it? Do you plan out your year, wing it, combo of both, lol? I really need some help so I am :bigear: Thanks!
  14. I've been pondering elementary science, wondering what my goals are for my children in the science area. I understand the WTM/Classical perspective of children getting a foundation of understanding in Biology, chemistry and physics, with increasing difficulty. With hands-on and exploring the scientific method, the child has a good basis for future exploration. Then there are those that have more of an exploratory attack on science--giving children good science books, experiments in many different areas, nature study, etc. More informal, but giving children the opportunity to lead stud
  15. Ohhhh Ruuuuth. Lol. Help? 1) What content do you want your daughter to learn in middle school? Are you more concerned about breadth or depth? I want breadth at the moment. Because DD enjoy science but likes a variety (she wants Biology and Chemistry; my husband also wants her exposed to Physics), right now I want to expose her to a variety of fields, not just dive deeply into one. My husband is taking care of physics every other Saturday with her. That leaves the rest on me. 2) What content does she want to learn? What is she interested in? Have you asked her? Right now she wants to
  16. Well, it has been 2 months since the Regional Science Fair, and my ds is already planning his next project. We are studying chemistry this year, so he would really like to do a chemistry project. This is a very difficult thing to do for a few reasons: 1) How does a 12 year old uncover anything new in chemistry? 2) We have no chemical equipment. :tongue_smilie: His first idea was to determine which chemicals made the biggest explosion. Yes, I am sure most of you are smiling. Not really surprising in a 12 year old boy, but not a great idea from the point of view of my insurance. :bl
  17. If you are doing a STEM curric, please provide all the info you can -- who, what, when, how -- For philosophy, I am looking at (and leaning towards) Stottlemier. I am looking for suggestions for Science Curric (includes STEM) - the non-STEM part does not have to be teacher intensive - I would do 'pacs' or anything like that as the STEM will more than make up for the 'teacher time.' And, for very bright 7th graders, I am leaning towards Philosophy as somewhere in my mess of things, there is an excellent Stottlemier curric -- I figure we will do Logic in 8th grade. Share, please -- than
  18. Ds is entering 7th grade. He wants to do physical science/astronomy. He is resistant to textbooks - reminds him of public school! He would like to read books like Manga Guide to Phsyics, watch documentaries, do experiments. Then, he would like to spend the last part of the year working on a science project. I want him to learn to think like a scientist, ask questions like a scientist and document his findings like a scientist. But how do I take our informal approach and reach these goals in an organized way? I am not a scientist; I don't think like a scientist. How can I teach ds to
  19. I am responsible for hosting our homeschool organization's first science fair and I don't know where to start. Does anyone know of a good resource to walk me through it? I know where I can get judges (lots of scientists in our group). I need to know about the administrative stuff. I have googled it and haven't come up with anything that is very clear. Thanks!
  20. I don't like science much so I let it slide many times. Dd has Joy Hakim's Story of Science, all three books. She did book one and part of book two this past year. I had planned on her doing the rest of book two and book three in 8th grade. But toward the end of the year I realized the books had become too simple for her. She isn't learning much and she isn't engaged. I'm sure my lack of interest may be rubbing off. So I have this one final year of middle school to make up for the lack of science to prepare her (and me) for high school level work. I need something engaging for a bri
  21. I struggle with science, because it seems like one of our most difficult things to fit it. An actual science curriculum, that is. My dc are constantly learning a lot on their own. They are voracious readers, especially when it comes to animals, they are always looking up types of-whatever (birds, bugs, amphibians,etc...) in animal ref. books, or on the computer, they watch tons of animal shows & dvd's, Bill Nye, science guy.... They spend a lot of time outside, we do weekly nature walks, and we have lots of discussion. I have started soooooo many different curriculums-good ones-b
  22. Hi Ruth, Your science postings have been so informative, thank you for taking the time...My question is how do you use the scientific method when you are doing something like dissection or watching butterflies go through the life cycle? These are some of the things we will be doing for our biology year and I would like to move beyond demonstrations. Any help would be great! Thanks. Carolina
  23. My kids entered the regional and state science fairs this year. It was my oldest's second time and she's an 11 year old 5th grader. My boys are 8 and 5 and they had fun and got exactly the right experience for their age from this. My daughter, however, was disappointed at her score in the state science fair. Initially I was very surprised she only received Honorable Mention when last year she received Second Place. But looking at many of the other projects I think it wasn't that she didn't do a good job. It was that her experiment/ project wasn't as indepth as some of her peers. Afte
  24. I have started a new thread on the logic board of the same name. My 6th grader and 2nd grader will be working on large scientific investigations until June, and I have posted a description of their first week. As I state in the other thread, I thought that there might be some in the hive who would like to see how scientific inquiry works, especially while we are in the middle of it rather than all tidied up and sugar coated at the end. Ruth in NZ
  25. I have two boys at home (grades 5 and 8). I have been using Singapore Science (Ineractive for the older) and MPH 5,6 for the younger. I like the information provided and the various subjects covered by the Singapore texts. My problems are in the lack of experiments/hand-on models to add interest. My younger son has been working through Food Webs, Adaptations, etc and most of the work has involved reading the text and then answering questions in the workbook. He is bored....I believe my oldest would feel the same as the majority of his ime is also spent reading and writing. We are about to
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