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Logic Stage Science, as described in the new edition of TWTM

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Is anyone else attempting this?  I have a rising 5th grader, and I'm going to follow TWTM and make this a Biology year.  I would love to see if others are going to follow this schedule for Logic stage.

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I follow the science recommendations in TWTM but, what do you mean exactly.  Are you referring to spending an entire year on a particular science year, or the following the recommended sequence (biology-5th, earth science/astronomy-6th, etc.), or do you mean studying science using a spine instead of a put together curriculum?  

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I follow the science recommendations in TWTM but, what do you mean exactly. Are you referring to spending an entire year on a particular science year, or the following the recommended sequence (biology-5th, earth science/astronomy-6th, etc.), or do you mean studying science using a spine instead of a put together curriculum?

Both actually!

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I do follow the recommendations for science pretty closely.  However, we were doing something different our first year of homeschool so we our science study is kind of "out of order".  Other than that, we follow TWTM recommendations.  Our science study is experiment focused.  SWB says, "In the middle grades, your goal is to teach the young student to think critically about doing science.  He'll learn how scientists in each field...use experimentation to confirm their theories. And through experimentation, he'll practice using the scientific method himself. This experiment-focused study will help the student learn the basics of each scientific field." (TWTM, 3rd ed., p. 358)  Our study looks like this:

 

Day 1:

*Experiment following the scientific method

*Proper documentation of the experiment--My 7th grader uses a lab book.

*Draw, color, and label related sketches

Day 2:

*Additional reading (from a science encyclopedia or library book)

*Write an outline or summary.  I alternate with our history study.  If she writes a summary for history then she'll write an outline for science.  We switch the following week.

 

 

To document the science experiment I bought a science journal for her.  This is the one we've used in the past https://www.amazon.com/Scientific-Notebook-Science-Journal-Laboratory/dp/0615839304/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1472157442&sr=8-1&keywords=science+journal

The one I purchased for our physics study this year is:

https://www.amazon.com/Lab-Notebook-Laboratory-Composition-Specialist/dp/1517787246/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1472157509&sr=8-2&keywords=physics+science+notebook

The second one is prettier but it doesn't have a table of contents.  You definitely need a table of contents so I'm either going to add it myself or purchase something else.

Hope this helps.

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OOOOOhhhh! I love those lab notebooks! 

 

 

 

 

 

To document the science experiment I bought a science journal for her.  This is the one we've used in the past https://www.amazon.com/Scientific-Notebook-Science-Journal-Laboratory/dp/0615839304/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1472157442&sr=8-1&keywords=science+journal

The one I purchased for our physics study this year is:

https://www.amazon.com/Lab-Notebook-Laboratory-Composition-Specialist/dp/1517787246/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1472157509&sr=8-2&keywords=physics+science+notebook

The second one is prettier but it doesn't have a table of contents.  You definitely need a table of contents so I'm either going to add it myself or purchase something else.

Hope this helps.

 

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Anybody else have some input now that the 4th edition has been out for a bit?  What resources did you choose for your spines?  How is it working out?

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Elemental Science is loosely based on the WTM method, using spines, note booking, and experiments.  They spend a whole year on each subject.  WTM has recommended them, and then it is more organized for you.  We have used ES, but I personally have trouble with implementing a full 36 weeks of science.  I have liked RS4K more for its ten week semester units that give me time for supplemental material and science kits.  I also like the explanations in their text.

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