Science could perhaps be a weak link in our learning chain - although by secular standards my dear children are "way ahead of the game." (I know, they've been tested!) But as with any portion of home education there's bound to be a few weaknesses (mostly mine) and I feel we may fall a bit short here in the way of doing experiments and science exposure.
Now, when I think about all we cover with Nature Study, I imagine we are over and above the top for science in the study of the natural world. This is a true love of ours and truly Charlotte Mason didn't separate the two subjects (until high school I believe) so I'm certainly not too stressed! All that said here's what we are engaging in for this year:
- Behold and See (CHC) - kind of for overview and age appropriateness of the older two children. I like the way this progresses and it's very Catholic much like all their other materials!
- Mater Amabilis The Human Body (Level 2, Year 2) for Violet along with the Medicine of Ancient Rome and Science of Ancient Greece. These play in nicely with our Historical bent and 5th grade seems a good time for some biology (in a gentle way).
- Violet is really enjoying Blood and Guts and we'll read Galen and the Gateway to Medicine when we get closer to Ancient Rome.
- We'll also visit the Science of Ancient Greece mainly as a historical lead in to Archedimes and the Door to Science.
I hope this will be a good start to our Science year. We will do experiments from Blood and Guts and Behold and See and the always enjoyable Discover and Do Science DVD from Sonlight! (This is one of Seamus's favorite DVD's to watch, I love that it's Science!! We also really like the Bill Nye the Science Guy DVD's they are very well done.
We'll also be reading as much as we can with a scientific angle and this will probably cross over into Nature Study and Math, a double bonus as far as I'm concerned!! It's seems like it might be a small nutshell for Science, but doable for us! What do you like to use for Science???