Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Science, Science, and More Science

So far with Kindergarten we've focused on reading (a ton), math ("Math-U-See Alpha"), phonics ("All About Reading 2"), and handwriting ("Handwriting without Tears" / "Explode the Code") -- with a little bit of science, art, music, and social studies (history, geography, etc) thrown in there as well - but without a formal curriculum.

We've hit a groove with all of that, and I was feeling ready to start adding in more formal curriculum for science in particular. I wanted to find something that was very hands-on with both reading and video lessons. I settled on Sonlight Core A Science. We got our Sonlight box this past week and dove right in. Canaan LOVES it!!!

Because he's ahead in math and phonics (and because homeschooling means we get to be flexible!), I'm letting science take over this week. There's just no reason to tell him "no, you need to stop learning science!" when he's so excited about it. In the last two days we've finished the first 8 days of science. He's done a total of 13 experiments, recording his hypotheses and observations in his science notebook, and learning a ton (me too! Did you know that pure snowflakes all have 6 points??). Ezra has been right along with him watching and helping. 

We are also loving the main book Sonlight uses - "The Usborne Children's Encyclopedia". Each section has a QR code which takes him to a related video. Canaan loves using his "magic" science book. :)

Canaan asked me to record one of his experiments. He was cracking me up doing his video just like the Sonlight videos. "You can do this at home!" lol

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