Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers
By Susan Kilbride
About the Book:
If you are a homeschooler or teacher who is looking for fun ideas on how to teach science, then this book is for you! Its hands-on approach is designed to capture students’ interest and promote a love of science and learning. The first ten chapters are for younger children ages 4-7, while the second ten chapters are for children ages 8-13. Each chapter is filled with fun science activities that teach a particular science concept. The activities are designed to use common household items, so you won’t need to buy lots of expensive scientific equipment or chemicals. This book is sure to get your kids loving science!
Other Reviews of the Book:
This collection of fun science lessons and activities are designed to offer hands on experiments that will satisfy the curious nature of children, while making it easier for parents to teach science.
–Kathy Davis of HomeschoolBuzz.com
If you’re looking for a science unit study homeschool program that is easy to use and is comprehensive and worth using, then you should check out “Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers.” I recently read through the book and really liked what I saw.
–Heidi Johnson of Homeschoolhowto.com–
….the conversational style and logical, easy-to-follow instructions certainly make this a recommended and useful tool for any parent; especially those that may be uncomfortable or unfamiliar with teaching science.
–Jeanie Frias of California Homeschooler
The wealth of information included therein is amazing and the material is novice friendly. I would definitely recommend “Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers”.
— Bridgette Taylor with Hearts at Home Curriculum–
About the Author:
Susan Kilbride is a homeschooling mother with a degree in biology. A few years ago she noticed that many homeschooling parents are either uncomfortable teaching their children science, or just don’t have the time to do the necessary research to teach their children science. Susan wrote this book with these parents in mind, using the same methods that she used when teaching her own son.
I was impressed that each lesson begins with a list of all of the materials you will need for that unit. The items are things that you will most likely already have around your house or will be able to obtain easily. Next, the unit is broken down into different parts. You can easily spend a longer period doing each of the parts in one day, or you can spread the unit over several days. Each part has material that you are to present to your students. It is very simple to use your own words to teach the material. Then the material is reinforced with activities. The activities are meant to help the kids learn and see in action, what you have taught to them. They will be having such a great time, that it really won’t seem like school. It will just seem like you are the coolest parent ever. Another thing that I absolutely loved, was the use of literature to reinforce the lesson material. Children love stories, and using good literature to help them learn scientific concepts is a winner in my book.
I found that the lessons engage all of the learning methods. For the kinesthetic learner, children become engaged in these lessons through hands-on activities. For the visual learner, there are many things to see, including video suggestions to reinforce lesson concepts. Auditory learners will excel as they take in all of the lessons and the conversations that unfold during them. The lessons are very flexible. You will find that these lessons can easily be adapted for a Co-op class, a large family, or even an only child.
One of the things I really liked about these lessons, is that you can use them as stand alone units of study, or as wonderful supplements to what you are already using for science. We added in the Force and Motion and Simple Machines units into our Physics studies. Chandler really enjoyed adding in extra activities and the lessons helped him clarify the materials he was learning at the time. The Chemistry lesson was also a fun addition to our studies.
Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers is also very affordable. The book is valued at $16.95, but you can purchase the book for only $11.55 on Amazon. This is a resource that I wish had been available when Chandler was in Kindergarten. We would have used it for science all throughout our school years.
The author has a gift for you! You can download these two lessons for free and try it out for yourself before you buy the book. You will also get a sneak peek at the table of contents! Here are the lessons:
I am confident you will want this resource on your shelf. It is just one of those resources that I can’t imagine will not be a much loved addition to any homeschool.
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