The topics the kids have learned the most about have been covered over the course of several weeks incorporating the five steps below.
1. Select a topic
2. Watch a movie (documentary)
3. Read a book
4. Do an activity
5. Do a short free writing assignment
Not all five steps have been completed with every topic, but when they were, the kids seemed to learn the best. This year the older kids, ages 9 and 11, focused on The Human Body for the entire year. Once Upon a Time Life is the video series they watched. My six year old loved the series. All of the reading came from the book The Way We Work by David Macaulay. I had the older kids read this book slowly on their own, but my youngest didn't do any reading as this books was far too difficult for her. Occasionally they wrote about the science topic. So far I have written about all of our cell projects and up to Week 8 - Teeth for the Human Body portion. The links are all on my Science Page.
The Burgess Bird Book for Children. The activity of observing bird banding is what sparked the interest in the study, and it was followed up with the creation of a lapbook.
I believe this method will work with many different topics. Next year I'm planning to cover Earth Science. I'm so excited that I've begun watching, noting and organizing many videos on the topic. I have an Earth Science board on Pinterest where I note blogger's projects that will go well with our year long study. I haven't sought out too many books yet, but I still have a long time to plan, so that will come. I would love to find one living book to cover the entire unit like I did with the Human Body. If you know of one please let me know.
Here are some more thoughts on the subject of science from the Homeschool Help Series Bloggers. Please come back next week when we will write about our favorite apps and educational websites.
Chareen at Every Bed of Roses - Science Through Exploration
Lucinda at Navigating by Joy - Making Sure Science Gets Done Without a Curriculum
Hwee at The Tiger Chronicle - How We Learn Science
Nicole at One Magnificent Obsession - The Epic Failure that Wasn't
Savannah at Hammock Tracks - Science with My Scalliwags
Bernadette at Barefoot Hippie Girl - Hands-On Approach
Erin at Seven Little Australians - Kindling and Fanning Scientific Minds
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