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Old 10-25-2010, 07:04 PM - Thread Starter
 
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...that are cheap and easy. I am tight on money like many of us. I have been looking at two things (noeo's science curriculum, and also realscience4kids) and had to pick my jaw off the floor when I saw the price! While they are nice resources and I like the book links, supplies, etc., as an unschooler I would not use them in a way that would justify the expense (ie-strictly following the subjects each week, lapbooking, etc)

Anyone know something simular that is cheaper, and I wouldn't have to strictly follow it? I am looking at curriculum as far as ideas in tying a "scientific method" or global way of thinking or tying everything together in all the science that comes through our lives...we check out the human body, weather, etc etc but it feels fragmented. Again I wouldn't do a curriculum back to back, just as a resource for me. Something that links to websites or has book suggestions would be great!

O and I am also looking at magazine subscriptions and those usual things too! (like Yes, Know, Kids Discover, etc)

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When I taught science at a small homeschool friendly school, I used Thames & Kosmos kits. These are fairly structured with a book + kit that leads the student through an experiential learning approach. They have kits aimed at many different ages and even the most expensive chemistry kit (which I used with my high school students - Chem C3000) can last for at least two years.

Sure, for most of the kits like Stepping into Science you can make your own (and I certainly encourage that!) but if you're looking for a flexible yet structured approach that your child can follow with minimum supervision, you may consider them.

BTW, I am in no way connected with T&K, I'm just a very happy customer
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From what I've been able to glean so far from Bernard Nebel's book (Building the Foundations of Science something), the only major cost is the $20 book. The things you experiment with are household items, at least so far. I haven't gotten too far into it yet - not organized enough, but I will be soon.

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I second the recommendation for Building the Foundations of Scientific understanding. Great book and it incorporates all of the sciences.

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I second the recommendation for Building the Foundations of Scientific understanding. Great book and it incorporates all of the sciences.
I third this recommendation! We LOVE this book in our house! I imagine it would be easy to add extra details in to increase the challenge for your 10yo, too.

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http://www.eequalsmcq.com/ This is the lab of Mister Q. I believe lots of stuff is available online -- we downloaded the free life science curriculum to see how we liked it. It is ok, but not unschooly at all.

http://www.superchargedscience.com/ I signed up here somehow and get emails each week that gives a new science experiment to try.

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From what I've been able to glean so far from Bernard Nebel's book (Building the Foundations of Science something), the only major cost is the $20 book. The things you experiment with are household items, at least so far. I haven't gotten too far into it yet - not organized enough, but I will be soon.
Yeah that! The next book should be out soon, too!

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