Getting Science in Gear

Over the summer, we’ve been mostly taking a science break, though we’ve kept reading some books, focusing a little on inventions and how things work, which seems to be a topic that reinforces a lot of our topics from last year.

My friend whose kids did science with us all year and I got together and dreamed up a list of topics for next year.  Our plan is to cover some very basic chemistry and some earth science, which a focus on geology.  Like last year, I started with the Usborne Science Encyclopedia as our spine.  However, while the physics topics were mostly appropriate for young kids with a little tweaking, a lot of the topics in chemistry would be above the heads of kids who needed to review states of matter.  We ended up with a list of topics that went slightly further off the order that the encyclopedia presented.

  • Atoms and Molecules
  • Periodic Table and Elements
  • Rocks and Minerals
  • Solids
  • Liquids
  • Gases
  • Changes of State
  • Metals
  • Formation of the Earth
  • Geologic Time
  • Earth’s Structure
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Volcanoes
  • Mountains
  • Rocks and Minerals
  • Oceans
  • Weather
  • Climate
  • Earth’s Resources
Yes, I know “Rocks and Minerals” is on there twice.  That was on purpose to, you know, tie things together (or justify buying a big rock set).  Last year, I did the vast majority of the teaching, but we’re planning to split it up a little more next year.  We’ll see how it goes.

As I waited for new science materials to arrive, I had a sudden spurt of need to organize things.  Before materials for next year’s science come, I decided I should clear out all the various science supplies that have built up over the last two years and organize them a bit better.

There’s all our stuff, organized into little plastic Container Store shoeboxes.  I’ve had those forever and they keep getting used for different things, outgrowing their purpose, getting put away, then getting used again for something else.  You can see our Snap Circuits and our exciting microscope, which the grandparents generously gave the kids a few years ago for Christmas.

Okay, now that it’s in all these neat boxes, where am I going to put it?  Somehow I don’t think I can leave it on the dining room table.  D’oh.  I probably should have planned that part.

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