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[The Homeschool Seeker] Issue #002 -- Science
March 05, 2009
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Science is a fascinating subject that often sparks debate.
It is also about facts and truth.
Learning about ourselves and our world and the
The study of science can help us care for ourselves,
Can we can care for something we do not understand?
In this newsletter, we will not be discussing
As a discipline of research and as we discover more,
Last month I reported that I would
be removing the Used Books sections.
That is still in the works.
In February, I spent a great deal of time
Via this newsletter, I will keep you informed of any
Feature Mini Lapbook
This month's feature mini lapbook is on Science. Last month,
I picked a very general topic: Basic Math.
So this month I wanted to show you how you can use Mini
Lapbooks for a very specific topic and how to use it
as a study tool for more advanced courses.
The topic is from a Biology course and it is about
In most Science classes, the student will find that
Here's how I created this mini
2. Once you have all your supplies, fold the 3 paper
4. Choose concepts: For this mini lapbook,
I want to demonstrate the different levels of
hierarchical organization of life in a visual manner.
From the same chapter in the biology book I am
a)Biology: Study of life, careers,tools, research
5. Delegate pages for each concept
7. Add information
a)Simplest level of organization
b)The atom is the smallest amount of a chemical element
that retains the characteristic properties of that
c)Atoms and molecules make up the cellular level
e)Define plasma membrane
f)Atoms combine chemically to for molecules
g)Example 2 atoms of Hydrogen combine with one
atom of Oxygen to form a water molecule
a)A cell consists of cytoplasm surrounded by a plasma membrane
b)Differences between plant and animal cells
c)Cytoplasm is a mixture of water and chemicals
d)Some cellular substances are organized into
special structures called organelles
e)There are many different types of cells
f)The organelle called the Nucleus contains DNA
Note:Since this is a beginning chapter, I would not
have them go to deep into any particular area yet.
a)In multicellular organisms similar cells associate
to form tissues
b)Examples:Heart tissue, muscle tissue, lung tissue, bone
a)Tissues are further arranged into specialized
b)Examples: Heart, Bone, Lungs, Brain etc.
As a side note: I did find some really cheap models of the body/brain at a local Dollar Store.
Biology - From test kits to Darwin
a)Biological functions, grouped and working together
for organ systems
b)Examples: Circulatory system, Nervous system, Skeletal
Key Points to have them include or illustrate:
Key Points to have them include or illustrate:
a)This is a higher category of organization
b)Members of a species are not uniformly
scattered over the earth
c)Found in groupings called Populations
d)Inhabit specific regions
If you wish to have them study populations further
one idea I've never been brave enough to try is
having an ant farm. Here is a link to a place online
where you can purchase one if you dare.
Not for me though. :)
Giant Ant Farm Kit - introduce children to the fascinating structure of ant society.
Various populations of different species that
Butterfly Garden Kit - five tiny caterpillars turn into beautiful painted lady butterflies right before your eyes.
Have them illustrate or make tiny info fact checkers.
Key points to include:
a) Ecosystem consists of three varieties of organisms
It might be simply having them get a picture of
8. Review information
I can not stress enough the importance of
9. Add finishing details and final assembly
Tip of the Month
Science Tip of the Month: Avoid watering down the material.
I found it very discouraging to teach science year
I found it was better to use books from the library
Therefore, if your child seems to be bored with science,
Then add in some science experiments. Below I recommend
Also, if you want your child to know the proper terminology,
Homeschool Picture of the Month
This picture illustrates what happens when homeschool
science experiments go awry.
My daughter started this experiment with a
It is currently still in the jar but we plan
Science experiments are fun for the kids
A good science experiment book for younger children
If you prefer to order online, you can find it at
While trying to locate this book reference at Amazon,
Question: Do you have any tips for helping the
students remember facts and important concepts, for
example from their science lessons?
Answer: Just recently, I rediscovered a technique
for studying that works beautifully for subjects
like science and history.
Read, Ask, Write
This method has proven to be incredibly effective
in our homeschool.
1. Basically, have them read for a short amount of
2. Then have them come up with three questions for
If they read 5 minutes: Write and answer 3 questions.
At first you might need to guide them into picking out
3. Have them write down the questions and the answers.
4. At the end of each session give them a break or
5. Repeat the process until finished with the complete
6. Review questions/answers a couple of times per day
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you enjoy reading. So if you have ideas, comments
or suggestions please visit Homeschool Wishlist
and let me know.
Or fill in the form at Homeschool Seeker for ideas/suggestions
I hope you enjoyed this issue of
The Homeschool Seeker.
Until next time, happy homeschooling!
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