I Have a Question

March 12, 2010 at 12:17 am 2 comments

As I’m working on organizing links so we can all homeschool for “free” 🙂 I am realizing how interconnected science is. I’m sometimes wondering where to put things. It’s studying stars but it’s using physics to do it. It’s studying the ocean but it’s about chemical elements. I’ve only done elementary science stuff with my kids, but as I’m thinking more “middle” I’m wondering how well it works to segregate the sciences. In high school we had them segregated. I don’t remember it as being a problem 🙂 Not that I really remember much.

So, seriously, I’m asking. Do you segregate your sciences? Do you go topic by topic and let it take you into all the branches of science if need be? How does one organize that?

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  • 1. Nadene  |  March 13, 2010 at 11:23 am

    I think you could just list the topics with possible subject in brackets.
    Isn’t this what makes homeschool so dynamic? I often refer to it as a journey where we MAY take the scenic route! I have a clear idea of the main focus, but if we find an interesting sub-topic, we just move off there.
    From a scientific perspective it all fits into neat boxes, but a child’s understanding seems to need links to other fields, experiences or subjects.

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  • 2. anna  |  October 20, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    I just found your site, and am thinking about incorporating lapbooks into my schooling. The only thing that’d kept me from doing it was storage, and since finding the ‘duct tape lapbook’ method (which I modified to clear packaging tape – less ‘sticky’), I think it’s gonna work for us. So I’m SCOURING your pages… thank you SO MUCH for sharing all this hard work!

    As for organizing science, we do it via our ‘Nature Notebooks’, and I do separate it by sub-topics. There’s nature (plants/animals), space (comets, planets, stars, constellations, etc.), homestead (domestic animals, gardens, vegetables, fruits, nuts, etc), Meteorology (weather, clouds, atmosphere, pollution, seasons, temperature, precipitation, etc), Breaking it down (ions, energy, elements, etc), and terra (tectonic plates, oceans, rivers, land forms, volcanoes, etc) . So far, anyhow.

    Hope that helps!

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