Aaah, the science curriculum decision! It’s a hard one, indeed.
I’m a firm believer that young students don’t need a structured curriculum. Up until about 4th or 5th grade, I believe kids should have fun with science, soak up everything through experiments and nature study, and limit their fact memorization and answer writing. Kids learn SO MUCH by doing simple experiments at home in biology, chemistry, physics, nature, etc. Often times, they don’t know they’re learning. They’re just having fun!
If you keep your eye on this blog and follow along throughout the school year, you’ll do lots of fun experiments, at various levels. Check in often to see what we’re up to!
Now, I have a 4th grader that loves science. She’s beyond the “simple experiment” point now, and is ravenous for more. This year, we’ve decided to use Guest Hollow, The Human Body. It’s a free curriculum designed by a homeschool mom. She has designed science curricula in biology, botany, chemistry, physics, human body, and sea, sky, and animals. They’re very complete, and look like so much fun! This will be our first year using her science curriculum (although we’ve used her history curriculum for 2 years).
What are you using for science this year?
Why a science journal?
Keeping a science journal is a great way to reinforce concepts learned, and to complete the “Communicate your results” phase of the scientific method. (It’ll also be really fun to look back on years from now!)
What should a science journal look like?
There’s no right or wrong way to present your work in a science journal. Here are a few ideas I’ve seen:
- Take a piece of felt and decorate it with needlework or tacky glue and bits of felt, fabric, buttons, rhinestones, etc. Then, insert a few pieces of paper, fold it over into a book, and stitch up the middle. Pros: They’re pretty. Proper sketching or watercolor paper can easily be used. Cons: It’s hard to insert printables.
- Take a few pieces of construction paper, punch a hole in the upper left hand corner, and bind it together with yarn. Pros: It’s easy to have a new journal for each topic, and easy to glue printables in. The cover can be decorated to reflect it’s contents. Cons: Not as durable as the other types of journal.
- This is the method we use. Purchase a 3-ring binder and some tabs. Decorate or print a cover for the journal. Next, create tabs (the number of tabs you’ll need will depend on your needs). Our tabs say Science, Nature, and Science Fair. Now, we can 3-hole punch a few pieces of blank paper and insert them behind each tab. The paper can be for sketching or taking notes. Pros: Super easy to insert printables, and it’s to customize/change as time goes on. Colored pencils fit nicely in the front pocket. Cons: Not necessarily as pretty as the other journals. Can cost more to get set up.
Regardless of what type of journal you use, the important part is that your child is recording what they’re learning and observing! Have fun!
What type of science journal do you use?
We’re gearing up for a launch in the very near future! Here’s a sneak peek:
Hello and welcome to Science Adventure Club! We are putting on the finishing touches, and will quietly unveil our first science kit within the next week. We are so excited! The first kit corresponds with the book Usborne Science Activities: Science in the Kitchen. The kit will include:
The book Usborne Science Activities: Science in the Kitchen,
A journal so your budding scientist can record what he/she is learning,
Supplies needed to complete dozens of science experiments (over 85 items!).
What else can you expect from us in the near future? A lot! We’re beyond excited to bring to you:
Several new kits within the next few months,
Lots of fun blog entries with science experiments you can try at home,
Special promotions and giveaways as we launch the Science Adventure Club!