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Friday, March 21, 2008

Continuing ideas about science

I'm still trying to wrap my head around all my ideas and find a way to make them work for us instead of us working for them. Here's what a few lovely friends and I worked on today while visiting.

1. Use the literary science books as primary reading, with The Handbook of Nature Study and other books for more information. Provide on-level or below book basket for pleasure reading of any science topics throughout the year.

2. Admitted to myself and friend (fellow homeschooler) that I am in fact, a nature girl.

3. I was reminded very loving that if I follow my heart and trust the gifts God has provided me, I will provide an excellent education in science for my children. Thank you so much for reminding me of that Theresa!

Here's the Nature Study by Seasons outline we came up with:

Forest, Agriculture, Geology, Human Body, Camping Outdoors, Ecology

Astronomy, Chemistry*, Physical Science*, Technology*, Weather, Ecology
*Experiments can be done inside during winter or any other time during the year when we want/need to stay inside.

Botany, Ornithology (birds), Agriculture, Weather, Astronomy, Earth Science, Ecology

Weather (hurricane season), Marine Biology/Water habitats, Insects, Reptiles, Physical Science through play, Ecology

Yearly Projects:
- gardening, composting
- adopting a plant, tree, animal and observing & documenting growth/change throughout a year
- raising animals (tadpoles, worms, etc.)
- keep collections (rocks, shells, flower pressing, etc.)
- recycling
- when old enough, participate in 4-H and other programs

Scientist Biographies
- do within history timeline, with age-appropriate books
- finish each biography with an experiment if possible

(Advice to me) Remind yourself:
You are doing great, it will be fine.

I'm still in thought about this, this is really just a free-flowing write of my thoughts. I'm trying to figure out if I should structure this anymore for myself or just go from here.

Books I'm depending on to help me:

The Educated Child by William Bennett provides a timeline of studies for each grade through 8th and is supported by Core Knowledge which includes books like Books to Build On by E.D. Hirsch and What your child needs to know series. I'm not looking to duplicate the Core Knowledge approach of studies but use it as a tool to help formulate our own. Core Knowledge has free online lesson plans. The Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Comstock, All Through the Ages by Christine Miller, Home Learning Year by Year by Rebecca Rupp, The Nature Study Idea Book for All Ages by Mary Woodis. The rest is me and my crazy ideas.



Anonymous said...


Be sure to carry over your hurricane study into the fall so that you can track all season. The National Weather Service and many East Coast hurricane zone TV channels produce tracking charts. You've come up with some great ideas!! Thanks for sharing!


Laura said...

Do you have a specific book that helps you with experiment ideas for each of these areas?

I love the idea of covering all sciences in each year.


Christa said...

Jessica ~ Thank you for sharing your thoughts on science. I think that we are in the same boat over here - we just can't find something that suits us, so I am making it up as we go is encouraging to know that we are not alone as we search for 3rd grade science!


Welcome to the 'burbs! said...

This is interesting. I have always liked the 4 year rotation of takes me that long to really get moving and cover it all, lol.

But this is a great layout for those people who need change more often in a year. However, I also like it(surprised me!) and will have to look into our own plans and see if this is something we can do.

Thanks for sharing this's a good idea Jessica :-)

(tess in the 'burbs)