I'm trying to find some fun and interesting ways to spark my son's interest in science and history/geography. He has very consistently rejected all formal curricula for those subjects, and while I think it's great that he follows his interests and learns and explores the world around him as things that fascinate him come up, I can't help but worry that we're going to leave some big gaps here by not following any kind of curriculum. Up until now, I've pretty much made him do the lessons that I had planned, but as he's getting older, this seems to be counter productive, so I just recently quit!
Right at the moment, he's extremely fascinated with London, and England in general to a certain extent, to the point that he seems to think he wants to live there when he grows up. I know, that will change a bunch of times as he gets older. I have to admit to having a bit of a fascination with London myself, although I don't think he was aware of that, I don't recall ever telling him that. I grew up in Belgium and came pretty close to moving to London at some point, but then ended up in the US.
He's been reading books about England and London, watched videos, knows exactly where to find it on any globe or atlas.
He loves to look at things through the microscope. He loves animals, but doesn't seem to have any interest in reading about animals at all! We have 3 pets at home, an old German Shepherd, a parakeet and a cockatiel, and he loves all 3 of them, and is pretty good about helping with their care. But reading about animals, or even those particular animals as pets, no way!
He likes learning about anything related to space, so long as it doesn't involve reading.
I know this makes it look like he doesn't like to read, but that's the weird thing, he does! He is having a great time reading an abridged version of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Early Start Classics I think this series is called), and has been enjoying reading about England and London. He just doesn't seem interested in reading anything science or history related.
Does anybody know of any websites that help kids discover those subjects (at an age appropriate level; he's 8.5) in a fun way? Maybe ipad apps? Free or not too expensive if possible... Or maybe DVDs? I've considered getting him the Kids National Geographics magazine, but when I suggested it (they had it at a book store we went to recently) he didn't want it. He doesn't even seem to like the website much!
Any thoughts? Should I just quit worrying about it? Seems like my daughter is learning more at public school now about those subjects than he is at home, or at least in a more organized way! I'm also a bit worried about his non-fiction reading comprehension, or lack thereof. Although he has been reading about England and London quite a bit, and seems to remember an awful lot about what he reads too, in detail.