If you are like me, you have every intention of completing experiments and making science come alive. But then you look back on the year and can only think of two or three times those experiments actually happened. This class allows your child to fully engage in hands-on learning without you needing to plan experiments, make a list of materials to purchase, or clean up from the experiment. Every class we will complete at least one experiment and/or demonstration. At home, your student will utilize colorful and engaging books (see below) to complete independent assignments that will give them strong foundation for the labs and future science classes. We will focus on the scientific method every single week and will use all of our labs to learn how to think like scientists. We will utilize twocurriculums for our course of study. One is written from an undeniably Christian perspective (God's Design for a Physical World) and one uses secular resources (Physics for the Logic stage by Elemental Science). Together these curriculums will offer a robust curriculum for our budding scientists.
What makes this class offering unique is that you get to choose your level of commitment for your at home study.
Level A-Four independent lessons a week (you want your student to dive deeply into the material) Level B-Two independent lessons a week (this will give a good basis of understanding for the lab) Level C-Lab class (recommended if you want to use another curriculum but still want support for labs)
There are two different approaches when talking about Middle School Science, the most common being survey courses that repeat much of the same information year after year adding only a few more details. Many criticisms of the American Public Education System is the "mile wide and inch deep" curriculum inherent in repeated survey courses. The second approach is to focus on individual subjects and (over the course of 3-4 years) study each with much greater depth, linking them together when appropriate. I have found that the first approach often creates "zoned out" students who think they already know all there is to know about a subject, when in reality they only know surface details. We will be following the second approach. We will dive deep into our study and hopefully created passionate science students!
Over the next four years, I will offer Middle School Science Classes with an emphasize in Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Earth Sciences/Astronomy, providing a firm foundation for high school science classes.
We will approach this material from a Christian Worldview, but we will utilize some secular resources. Students must be prepared academically to address views that may conflict with what they believe. With this in mind we will not ignore an academic study of theories that conflict with biblical teaching, we will instead look at them only as theories and not as scientific facts. Christians do not need to worry that their viewpoint is less scientific, but rather, Christians can use science as a way for us to see God's creativity and order.
Required Texts: LEVEL A-4 DAY * God's Design for Physical World (MB edition) $39.99 https://www.masterbooks.com/gods-design-for-the-physical-world-mb-edition *The Usborne Illustrated Dictionary of Science. Paperback – February 1, 2012 *Usborne Science Encyclopedia Paperback – June 1, 2015 *Robotics: DISCOVER THE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY OF THE FUTURE with 20 PROJECTS (Build It Yourself) Paperback – Illustrated, August 1, 2012
LEVEL B-2 DAY * God's Design for Physical World (MB edition) $39.99 https://www.masterbooks.com/gods-design-for-the-physical-world-mb-edition
LEVEL C-LAB ONLY No required text
You may view a sample of Elemental Science Earth Sciences for the Logic Stage at https://elementalscience.com/collections/physics-for-the-logic-stage This curriculum will be used in class to structure labs and reading from our secular resources. This is not a resource for you to buy.