Revisiting some of these links now that Peep is doing some book learning.
Free online Science stuff for smallies:
The Lab of Mr Q – From Scott McQuerry who said, “If it stinks, it’s chemistry. If it’s slimy, it’s biology. And if it doesn’t work, it’s physics”, you can download the entire Elementary Life Science Book for FREE! It includes a teacher’s manual (about 400 pages or so!) and student textbook with experiments, worksheets, tests and answer keys (another 400 pages or so!).
Adventures in Chemistry … lots of fun stuff to learn, like “What do braces and satellites have in common?” … Cool experiments and resources for teachers too.
Inquiry In Action – resources to help you teach physical science and chemistry concepts. Download their 470-page book for free here.
Chemical Educational Foundation – CEF is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting youth science education, has developed a K-8 science curriculum supplement called the You Be The Chemist® Activity Guides. There are 2 manuals – one for K-4 and one for 5-8. Over a thousand pages of geeky goodness… Very cool, no?
Magic School Bus Science in 180 Days – You will need access to the Magic School bus episodes. This guide is a gem – it has LIVING book recommendations to supplement your Sciencey days! Woo-hoo!
Marz … you have your work cut out for you… bwahahahaha! ;)
Rader’s Biology4Kids … a very nice start to cover the basics of Biology. The site has information on cell structure, cell function, scientific studies, plants, vertebrates, invertebrates, and other life science topics. (Check out the full list of their bio core topics here.)
“Children’s aptitude for knowledge and their eagerness for it made for the conclusion that the field of a child’s knowledge may not be artificially restricted, that he has a right to and necessity for as much and as varied knowledge as he is able to receive; and that the limitations in his curriculum should depend only upon the age at which he must leave school; in a word, a common curriculum (up to the age of say, fourteen or fifteen) appears to be due to all children.
We have left behind the feudal notion that intellect is a class prerogative, that intelligence is a matter of inheritance and environment; inheritance, no doubt, means much but everyone has a very mixed inheritance; environment makes for satisfaction or uneasiness, but education is of the spirit and is not to be taken in by the eye or effected by the hand; mind appeals to mind and thought begets thought and that is how we become educated.”
~ (Charlotte Mason, Philosophy of Education, p. 12)
I am trying to get into a better habit of curating. I have amassed a collection of quotations, ideas for books and a huge assortment of links to crafts and homeschool materials, but they are all on various devices and in the deep recesses of my head ;) I am now slowly sieving through this stockpile and attempting to transcribe them into my commonplace book.
You might wonder why I should bother when I can just digitise everything. The fact is, it doesn’t really work for me. I have used Pinterest, saved links into bookmarks and even considered using apps like Evernote. All of this should have made me more organized, but I got nowhere to actually synthesizing the information and translating it into actual beneficial knowledge. Cutting and pasting is very quick… for me, though, the pen is mightier than the keyboard. I need more than a cursory glance and prefer a physical repository of ideas.
These are the things I am keeping in my commonplace book:
passages from books that I especially like
supplications from the Quran and Sunnah
Do you keep a commonplace book? What do you journal about?