Friday, January 30, 2009

Got Boys? Gotta Have Science!

I am pleased as punch with my choice for science this year for ds2.  He is in 8th grade this year, and has followed Abeka’s science program from the start.  It’s a great program, but as with most of Abeka, a tad repetitive.  Neither one of us wanted to crack into a new science book with the same old topics.  Plus, as this will probably be ds’s last year homeschooling I wanted to make it a bit more fun!  And fun we have had. :)

9780976658740-template.indd This is the book ds has been using.  I got it from Mr. McWizKid himself (well, from the Mrs., actually) at a local curriculum fair.  Btw, they are both really nice people.  Anyway, this book is chock full of fun yet easy experiments for, like the cover says, kids of all ages!  Ds can go in the kitchen and set up the experiments by himself and then performs them for the rest of us later.  It’s been a great hands-on way of learning science for him.  You probably have most of the supplies needed on hand and Mr. McWizKid explains the procedures very well.  I also picked up the assessments for each section covered.  Here are some of the things ds has done with this resource…

100_7838 learned that sound travels faster through solids than air;

100_7894 discovered how sound waves can blow out a candle;

100_7842 and made his own musical instrument (with the help of Mimi the cat, of course.)

I had a ton more pics of ds and his experiments, but alas, they were on the old hard drive that decided it had just had enough and gave out.  Anywho, I highly recommend this book, either on it’s own or as a supplement to your science program.  Great fun!

1 comment:

  1. I've never heard of McWizKid. It's looks great. I'm going to have to check it out. Thanks!


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