I have given up on finding a science program that fits my son. He is 6 going on 60 - he devours anything science related and demands that it be challenging and complex and something NEW. Which is cool, I get that. Luckily, I am a science nerd myself. But the programs we have tried out have all been failures - not challenging enough or challenging but too workbooky or writing intensive for his age. It is driving me insane!
This year we tried Elemental Science and it started really strong and was awesome - I rearranged it to accommodate his desire to learn about it all in order of evolution LOL and we did the plants first. Added more to challenge him and spent half the year on plants. He was loving it. Now we are on Animal Kingdoms and he is hating it again. Not challenging enough and he HATES the lapbooking workbook. I tried revamping it and adding to it, but it is a lost cause at this point. I am throwing it aside completely and designing a new one as we go that finally has him engaged again. Ack! LOL it actually has been kinda fun.
Next year, we decided on Earth Science and Astronomy. It isn't completely new material for him, but we never formally studied it. I am hoping to make it myself since I fail to see any other there that would work well for him. I recently discovered Noeo, which may actually be a good fit - but they have no Earth Science, of course! Anyways, I have a wishlist of books, experiments, etc and just finished making a rough draft of the outline. I was hoping you guys and gals could take a peek at it and tell me what you think - what am I missing?? Does the order of the topics seem to flow? Any and all input is most appreciated!
Okay so here is the rough rough rough draft of my outline - I still have to go in there and add the various books, experiments, fields trips, etc.
The Universe & the Big Bang
o Our Universe, The Big Bang theory
What is a Star?
o What comprises a star? Where are stars born?
Constellations (& their myths) – ongoing
o Ongoing project of constellation identification; including the mythology associated with each constellation.
What is a comet? Asteroid? Meteor?
o What is each of the following: comet, asteroid, & meteor? How are they similar/different?
o What is the sun? Why is it important? What are solar flares and sun spots?
o Identify the planets, their orbits, and their distinguishing characteristics. What is a microplanet?
o What is a moon? What planets have moons?
o The Moon landing & Neil Armstrong, Shuttle program, Hubble, International Space Station, Mission to Mars, various exploratory probes, etc.
Seasons & Tides
o What are the seasons and why do they exist? Identify the equinoxes and solstices. Explain the rotation of the Earth and how it translates into days and years. Investigate why tides occur and explain the difference between low tide and hide tide.
The Earth’s core
o What are the layers of the Earth and what are their specific characteristics/functions?
Types of Rocks & Minerals
o Explore the 3 types of Rocks. Explore minerals.
o Review the Earth’s biomes.
o Describe the complete water cycle.
Weather & Climate
o Explore clouds and weather. What is climate? Investigate why climate varies in different biomes.
Extreme Weather & Natural Disasters
o Why do Hurricanes, tornados, earth quakes, tsunamis, forest fire occur? What are the effects?
Erosion & Pollution
o What is erosion? What are the effects of erosion? How does deforestation impact erosion?
o What is pollution? What are the types of pollution? What are the effects of pollution? How can we repair and prevent pollution?
o What is conservation? Explore conservation topics such as: Reduce-reuse-recycle, composting, green living, alternative energy, land conservation, protection of endangered species, etc.
Resource wish list:
book of astronomy
encyclopedia of planet earth
the night sky
weather and climate changes
DK eye wonder weather
DK eye wonder space
DK pockets rocks and minerals
up, down, all around
drop in the ocean
Who is Neil Armstrong?
Van Cleave's Earth Science for Every Kid
Van Cleave's Astronomy for Every Kid
Plus our assorted and beloved Magic School Bus books.