In this school year, we are introducing science in a more formal way. We do not have a plant about how many experiments we will cover in the school year or the amount of data we want to explore. We want to do science; we want to learn the scientific method, for that, any topic is worth. We rotate between sciences each week.
I am using different curriculums for different sciences. For Human Body, Zoology and Botanic, I like the Exploring Creation by Jeannie Fulbright. These curriculums have everything you need, include questionnaires, summaries and activities. Recently, the author develops notebooks for each curriculum, which make everything very simple. For astronomy my favorite, as you know, is Sings and Seasons by Jay Ryan.
For Earth Sciences we are using two books: Our Planet Earth and Our Weather and Water, both by Debbie & Richard Lawrence. These books have explanations for different levels and also activities and questionnaires, some chapters have instructions for simple experiments. I found these books very practical and clear. I highly recommend these.
For Physics, I found, while searching in internet, a book call Physics for Every Kid by Janice Van Cleave. Octavio loves it. He likes search between the pages and chooses the experiments he want to perform. The book has simple explanation of the concepts, the experiment are clear and designed to make with things that sure everybody has on hand. Octavio likes to carry some items around the house and perform the experiments in front of his dad or some visitors. Since this book is not a curriculum, I ask Octavio to make drawings of the experiments and then copy the concept in the page, then I save that page in the Physic Notebook.
In Chemistry is where I got fancier, we decided to invest in a Chemistry Lab Set, we got the CHEM 3000. This set is way to advance for a six years old like Octavio. It is designed for older children. The Lab has a guide to experiments that increase as the concepts are being mastered. As any chemistry experiment is required to learn safety practices and precautions. As in physics, this is not a curriculum, so I asked Octavio to make drawings as summary of the concepts we are learning. If you decided to buy a CHEM lab or any other lab equipment, be sure to teach your child that those are not toys and how to take care of the items.
Octavio is not an artist, neither I, so as soon he can explain his paper to make the concept and if he got it right, I accept his drawing and then add it to the notebooks. Next, two examples, one in Chemistry – we were studding acids and bases -, and one entry in Physic’s Notebook, it was an experiment about charges, a rudimentary introduction to atoms ‘structures.