You know, I'm just not a big curriculum fan when it comes to science...talk about a part of education that LIVES in curiosity and wonder!
Follow their interests, and talk about whether they want to do an organized approach to the sciences at all. One good supplement to any organized or unorganized approach is A Private Eye
- which begins the theme of "inquiry-based science." It can be used with any age, but I would say 2nd grade & up, just to get the more creative approach to science attitude
My own son (11) wants to be some sort of scientist, so we've decided to begin a conscious, organized study of chemistry...but the curriculum I have seen is all too flat & lifeless. We're using mostly FUN books
and hands-on Acorn Naturalists
science resources...(and some others), here are the chemistry choices I put together (with my son) for chemistry -
Chemical Reactions is a simple start (3 sessions, grades 6-10, only $8.95), if you prefer they have some "mystery
" kits which we have alreay used - just to spark interest.
Of Cabbages and Chemistry - exploring PH (4 sessions, Grades 4-8, $10.45) I just don't want to do this first because it will stink so much!
Dry Ice Investigations (11 sessions, Grades 6-8, $20.95)
Acid Rain (8 sessions, Grades 6-10, $20.95)
To complement them, I'm planning to use Joy Hakim's History of Science (Book 2) and a Waldorf syllabus -Golden Beetle.
That's a total of 26 sessions, averaging about $10 per
month if done weekly, it really ends up being a very inexpensive chemistry option for almost any family.
For next fall, I am looking at getting this much more expensive chemistry kti
from Acorn to use with:
Mystery of the Periodic Tablehttp://www.amazon
. com/Mystery- Periodic- Living-History-
(a bestselling novel, chosen by NY Times and Amazon & others as a
best book of 2001) This book is like a love
affair with chemistry, but has a story set during WWII with some themes that you should pre-read even for your teen to see if he is ready. (To use with explosion experiemnts
especially as in the book they keep blowing up the kitchen & shed!)
We also have a Singapore Science which a wonderful friend gave me that we'll use some activities from. It's a good supplement, but I would not use this or any other "curriculum" exclusively. They should be a support post
for creative learning - where your child turns to page 50 one day and page 32 the next.
Even the best scientists say they don't often use "scientific method" or other silly rules when exploring the universe - big & small. Watch the science channel together too, and see how they do stuff like locking three great scientists on a train and free-associate together
the great questions of cosmology!
Neat, exciting, and inspiring...
P.S. oops, I forgot to mention poetry! The bards have a science wisdom that many adult scientists revere. Pick up some poetry books at the library and get inspired.