Science study sample and lower price

A few weeks ago Kathy reviewed Sue Kilbride’s Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers. Listed at the bottom of that review is a free unit on plants (geared towards children ages 3-7)you can download.

Sue wrote us recently with an update:

“I have some great news about my book Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers. I’ve switched publishers and it now costs a lot less ($16.95 vs $24.95)!  I am very excited that folks can now purchase it at a more reasonable price.   Here is the link to the new version on Amazon:

Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers

And here is another unit on atoms and molecules. I hope your readers enjoy this new one!  I thought it might be nice to send out a chapter for older children (this one is for 8-13″.

Susan was kind enough to include another sample unit study for you to download and to see if this curriculum might be a good fit for your family. Atoms and Molecules Unit

Unleash your (or your child’s) creativity

Unleash your (or your child’s) creativity

There is a Scientific American article interviewing experts on fostering creativity. It’s’ worth a read, especially for home-educators.

When children are very young, they all express creativity, but by the end of the first grade, very few do so. This is because of socialization. They learn in school to stay on task and to stop daydreaming and asking silly questions. As a result, the expression of new ideas is largely shut down. We end up leaving creative expression to the misfits—the people who can’t be socialized. It’s a tragedy. Read more…

Anti-religious bigot tries to make amends

Anti-religious bigot tries to make amends

Yesterday I told you about an opinion piece on American Chronicle disparaging homeschooling and lumping them all into the right-wing fundamental camp. Today the author admits his opinions were uninformed, not researched and just plain wrong.
However, there is still no evidence he made any attempt to actually read any of Apologia’s biology texts which, by the way, are as accurate and mainstream as any science books I’ve seen. As sunniemom commenting on this site pointed out, “A fish is a fish is a fish, regardless of where you think it came from.” Apologia acknowledges the same facts about fossils, dinosaurs, genetics, mutations, natural selection and a host of other related topics. They also acknowledge a creator. And that is a crime in public education.
What he seems to be saying is children’s religious beliefs should disqualify them from receiving diplomas, regardless of their knowledge, talent or abilities.
The author also links to one of my favorite blogs Day by Day Homeschooling (but he got the name wrong). I don’t always agree with Dawn, but I respect and value her opinion.

My previous article stated that the majority of American homeschoolers are fundamentalist Christian. That, as I have now stated in the article, isn´t the case. Most of the replies I´ve received have been from homeschool parents who are quite insistent that they are not fundamentalists, and that they are teaching their kids evolution in their science lessons. To them, I apologize, and say thank you. Read more…

Google maps the sky


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Google maps the sky

Most of us have seen Google maps of the earth. Less have heard of Google Moon and Google Mars. Now Google has mapped the sky with Google Sky.
Nice for budding astronomers during daylight hours or on a cloudy day. Just don’t forget to go outside once in a while. Go there…

Top 10 Amazing Chemistry Videos

Top 10 Amazing Chemistry Videos

Watching these videos might be a fun part of science today. Science is most interesting when things blow-up. Sorry, but I haven’t previewed all of these.

Fiery explosions, beautiful reactions, and hilarious music videos are great reasons to be excited about chemistry. Here are some of our favorites. Read more…