King Alfred Academy Posted March 8, 2008 Share Posted March 8, 2008 I always seem to have a problem with this subject. I see the importance of it, boys like it, but I never seem to get around to doing it. Not good. So, I have been giving some thought to this and would love your gentle thoughts and opinions. This year, I have found my groove...finally...with doing Barb's Green Hour Challenges. I am happy with this direction as it is very doable for me. It seems to *just happen*. I like that. The boys are getting a lot out of it. We are also reading the Burgess Animal Book, then the Bird book. We are learning a lot just by reading those fictional stories. But I am *feeling* like there needs to be more structure. With that being said, I would like to do science, I think, in that manner. Here is what I have come up with...oh, and it may help to know that I do plan on using the Apologia Series starting in 7th grade. At least that is the plan for now. Oh, and we will always do nature study and would kind of like our science to correspond with this...I think. And my boys will be in K and 2nd. Option 1...Stay with this what I am doing currently...the Green Hour Challenges, Nature Study, reading living books (would have to come up with a list), gardening, hiking, bird watching, ect. I like having the freedom and flexibility of doing science this way, but I am not sure the boys are getting enough. But do I *need* to do science in a formal way at this age. :confused: Option 2...(along with option 1) I LOVE the looks of Noeo Science and the way they incorporate the reading and experiments for you. If I am going to do a "formal" science program, I need to have a plan laid out for me. The only problem with this program is the expense. For those of you who have used this, do the books seem readily available from the library? I will have access to University Libraries since DH is in school. Option 3...(along with option 1) Apologia Zoology. I like the looks of this as far as it being all laid out for teacher. I like that it can be sued 2 days a week. I think, and correct me if I am wrong, would have to add living books into the mix, but it has great explanations and experiments. I have checked out Living Learning Books science and do not like the choices in the reading material they listed in the sample they provided. I don't want to use Dr. Seuss, but something more "living". If I am wrong in my perception of this program, please correct me. It does look affordable. If there is any other program that uses this sort of approach that I have not considered, please let me know about that too! So, what do you think? Your thoughts are very much appreciated! Especially from those who are using more of a CM way of doing science. :) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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