- Joy Hakim's The Story of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way tells the story of the birth of science using quotes from Ancient texts. Science began as an attempt to explain realities and garner predictability in the calendar. I like the historical approach to science, the introduction of early scientists (many of whom I would have neglected), the short reading segments, and colorful illustrations. I was able to get this book at Powells for $8.98 and for that price I can overlook the PC handling of the first couple of chapters.
- Ancient Science by Jim Wiese -- This is a book of 40 experiments ancients. The book is divided into sections based on ancient cultures like Science from the Dawn of Time and Science among the Pyramids. These experiments are not particularly scientific, but lots of fun for your youngest scientists.
- The Science of Life by Frank G. Bottone, Jr. is a thin five chapter book that delves into the five kingdoms - Prokaryotae, Plantae, Animalia, Fungi, and Protoctista - through experimentation. We will use this book as a base and supplement with microscope work, nature study, and the study of the human body.
- As a supplementary text we will use Usborne Internet Linked Science Encyclopedia. My son has used this book until the covers have fallen off. The internet links are kept up-to-date via the Usborne website.
- We also have the Usborne Internet linked Book of the Microscope to help us on our microscopic journey. My cousin who was a microscope researcher came up and helped my son with his microscope after he first got it and after those initial lessons he can really scan and focus. Our microscope came from Great Scopes - a family run business. We also got some really good pre-made slide sets from them and they have ideas, lessons, and links for the microscope.
Monday, May 08, 2006
I've Been Planning #2
Next year we will be studying Ancient History and I am attempting to link as many subjects as possible to this study. Science will be no exception, though there will be deviations from ancient studies here because I also want to focus on Biology. I want my children, especially my oldest to be able to identify the differences and similarities of plant and animal cells, identify and describe the parts of the human body and plants. I also want to get more serious about the scientific method. Here are the resources: