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I am looking for a "method" or "cirriulum" for ds, for kindergarten that is really science focused. And really hands on.

Does anyone know what might be a good place to look?


He LOVES:

Magic Schoolbus
Science Museam
weather
taking apart my electronics

I figure, why fight those tendancys?


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Snap Circuits are GREAT - my newly 5yo loves putting them together, and the project book is very good at explaining and showing how an electrical circuit works. Highly recommended!!
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I am SO excited. We visited the science center and I promised ds that he would get to learn how electricity works.

Guess what?

They didnt have an exibit at the friggin science museum about electricity.

Ok, googled it and they ALL look really complex to me, can you help me find the most basic one?
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THIS is the one we have - it's actually Snap Circuits Jr. Good luck!
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THIS is the one we have - it's actually Snap Circuits Jr. Good luck!
Thanks! I am so un-scientific, it looks like I would not know how to operate it! But my 4 year old probably can!

What about "teaching?"

Are there cirriculums that teach the subjects through science?
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You might check this curriculum out:
http://msnucleus.org/curriculum/curriculum.html
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You might like Nebel's
There's an associated yahoo group with the author answering questions etc.
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curriculum, Winterpromise has a program called Animal Worlds, and also a couple different science programs. www.winterpromise.com is the site.

HTH,
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omg thank you so much guys! I bookmarked ALL of them and I am going to hopefully have some internet time to check them out tonight!
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http://www.chaostoy.com/
If you have a little cash to spend, this looks cool and I've heard good reviews on other lists.
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LOL....On a science note: His favorite book and the book I have had to read him the last 2 nights is called "Diareah" its one of those things from the doctors office that is actually an immodium ad.
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I have not tried it, but I am looking at Sonlight science for K/first grade. It is a Christian curriculum, but the science books are secular. You can get the "discover and do" DVD that shows all the science experiements.
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I have not tried it, but I am looking at Sonlight science for K/first grade. It is a Christian curriculum, but the science books are secular. You can get the "discover and do" DVD that shows all the science experiements.
I am christian....but how could a science text be secular in a christian cirriculum? LOL. "God created the earth in 7 days" doesnt fit well with "The Big Bang Theory. kwim? (Does it leave the part about creation out?)

Just curious. :
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I am christian....but how could a science text be secular in a christian cirriculum? LOL. "God created the earth in 7 days" doesnt fit well with "The Big Bang Theory. kwim? (Does it leave the part about creation out?)

Just curious. :
In the early science levels, SL just does not address creation. They mostly use Usborne books and cover things like the human body, the solar system, watching caterpillars change to butterflies, etc.

HTH.

ETA: In later levels, and in other Christian science curricula, you'll find that they do try to address creation in a "scientific" way, by discussing intelligent design as a legitimate scientific theory. My family is Christian, but we don't believe in ID as valid science, we are more of what are called theistic evolutionists. There are a lot of different viewpoints out there. I'm always pretty careful when choosing science curricula. I have found Sonlight and Winterpromise to be fine in the early levels. We have Animal Worlds and just didn't buy the Answers in Genesis book. (An easy to leave out part of the program.)
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I just thought of a few other things.

Scholastic.com has the magic schoolbus science kits.

This place has these kits for young kids called Sams Science Adventures. I have no experience with them:

http://www.treasureboxpress.com/index.html

Here is another science program called Noeo. I have no experience with this one either but have heard that they don't address creation.

http://www.noeoscience.com/

Then there are always teacher supply stores to find fun kits, butterfly gardens, ant farms, microscopes, etc.

http://www.discountschoolsupply.com/

http://www.teach-mart.com/

Legos and K'nex have fun motorized things you can make, they might be older than Kindergarten level though. My older son had the lego motor monkey kit and loved it. He also had the electronic snaps circuits that were suggested, those are cool.
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http://www.noeoscience.com/

I just ordered the Biology 1 from Noeo. It arrived two days ago and after going through it, I am sooo excited!

It uses real books about science and about scientists. The curriculum guide outlines the week for a 4 day school week with at least one experiment per week. It is very hands on and discovery oriented.

The "designers" of the curriculum are Christian but there is not an overt Christian message. They have consciously left religion out of the curriculum believing that although science reflects God's creations, it is the parent's responsibility to teach their child about God and how science plays apart in our lives.

I just cannot highly recommend this curriculum enough!!
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There are a lot of different viewpoints out there. I'm always pretty careful when choosing science curricula. I have found Sonlight and Winterpromise to be fine in the early levels. We have Animal Worlds and just didn't buy the Answers in Genesis book. (An easy to leave out part of the program.)
Very true, very true. :
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How about Science Experiment books at the local library? Usually J or X 507 has a bunch, then they break apart by science topic (J or X 551.21 for volcanoes/ earthquakes, etc. for kids)
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