amyrobynne Posted September 20, 2012 Share Posted September 20, 2012 My husband, father, and I all have strong science backgrounds and my older boys already lean that direction. They've been reading complicated books on rockets and the NASA program all year for fun and my 6 year pages through my husband's college electricity textbook to get ideas for his snap circuits. When I was planning our first homeschool year this summer, I was at a loss for what direction I should take with science for them. I sort of feel like they're self-teaching enough already, so skip it, whatever. But I feel better about letting them choose to study rockets indefinitely in their free time and filling in the gaps they aren't choosing on their own during the school day. I decided just to do nature study once or twice a week. It seemed like it would do all us good to learn more about what was happening outside and I liked the idea of avoiding more sit-down time or workbooks. But now that we're 4 weeks in, none of us are loving it. If I let them choose what to study, they run off and play on their bikes instead of inspecting trees or bugs. I'd planned to look at birds and get a bird feeder and be part of a tracking program this winter. But I don't know. I'm starting to longingly look at Elemental Science and Noeo and wonder if it's not worth fighting them over nature study. I looked a little at Building Foundations for Scientific Understanding, at least the website and reviews, and I'm trying to figure out if that would be a good fit for us. The k-2nd suggested ages worry me a bit -- my kids have a lot of science knowledge already -- but if the program is set up to help kids think like scientists and be curious about the world around them, I like that. My husband the physics teacher is more concerned that they understand the scientific method (we're definitely old-earth people and don't want new-earth materials) and doesn't love cheesy "experiments". Would BFSU make sense for a family with our background? What about the 3rd-5th grade volume? I don't want to make the kids write much. Should I just force the nature study? Should I skip the whole thing because they have a grandfather who teaches them about lymphatic function one week and the equation for momentum the next time he sees them? Argh. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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