Science

       

   If you follow our blog at all you will see that we do a lot of science.  My oldest son just loves science experiments and often asks what we'll be doing for science.   If I don't have a science experiment planned he'll usually find one for us.   I find it's the easiest subject for me to teach too.  They predict, participate, watch and observe and then we discuss what happened.  They're eager to learn and make connections from one experiment to the next quite naturally.  We get lots of ideas on- line but we do have quite a few books too.  I think science is all around us; I even think of trips to the amusement park as living science lessons.  My boys know (and feel first hand) Newton's laws of motion! They naturally observe the world around them and ask questions all about it.  We spend lots of time in nature too and I think that covers a lot of science too.


Books I've used for inspiration:


Some books we use for experiment ideas:
  • Science Factory Air and Flight
  • Science in a Bag by Sandra Markle
  • Explore and Discover Kid Chemistry by Creative Teaching Press
  • Time for Kids Super Science Book
  • Science Fair Projects by Instructional Fair
  • Crafts for Kids Who Are Learning About Weather by Kathy Ross
  • Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes by Steve Spangler
  • Fire Bubbles and Exploding Toothpaste by Steve Spangler 
  • 365 Simple Science Experiments 

Websites and Blogs:

We have memberships to local zoo's and museums so we can visit often
Places we go to learn about Science:
  • Our own backyard and around our neighborhood
  • Mashamoquet Brook State Park
  • Dinosaur State Park
  • Ecotarium
  • Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center
  • Southwick's Zoo
  • Rocky Neck State Park
  • Buttonwood Farm
  • Roger William's Zoo
  • Local Children's museums
  • Alec's room-- with his fish tank we're really learning a lot 
  • The beach
  • Kettle Pond Nature Center and their free homeschool classes
  • All state parks in New England 

    We go on weekly nature hikes


Some of our favorite books we've read about Science:
  • Bubbles Float, Bubbles Pop by Mark Weakland
  • The Milk Makers
  • Ice Cream
  • Sun, Moon and Earth
  • A Field of Sunflowers
  • Forestry
  • Rainforest Animals
  • V is for Vanishing: An Alphabet of Endangered Animals
  • Zooborns; Zoo babies from around the world
  • The Big Caribou Herd; Life in an Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
  • From Seed to Pumpkin
  • The Pumpkin Book 
  • Porcupines by Mary Dunn
  • Over in the Arctic
  • Over In Australia
  • The Blue's go Birding (it's a 3 book series)
  • Jackals
  • Waiting for Ice
  • Polar Bears Past bedtime
  • Magic School Bus series
  • Sandra Markle series: animal scavengers, animal predators, and animal prey
  • Life Cycles series: Rainforest, Oceans, Grasslands, Mountains, River, etc.
  • All the Jim Arnosky books we can find in our library and through bibliomation
  • Animal Teachers
  • Otter play
  • Animal Lives
  • Turtles in my Sandbox
  • One Tiny Turtle
  • Fennec Foxes
Movies & TV shows about science:
  • Magic School Bus series
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy
  • Beakman's World
  • How it's Made
  • Disney's Imagineering
  • Popular Mechanics for Kids
  • IMAX: Space Station
  • IMAX: Deep Sea
  • Apollo 13
  • InnerSpace
  • The Yearling
  • Wild Kratts
  • Meerkat Manor
  • Honey I Shrunk the Kids
  • Flubber
  • Goonies
  • Star Wars series
  • Star Trek Series
  • Zoo life series
  • Disneynature films
  • Mythbusters
  • Dirty Jobs
  • Brain Games
Kits/ Tools we use with science: (pretty much all of these kits were purchased on Amazon) 

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