Alright, I have a bit more time today to pop back and share our current thoughts for the science in the guide to come after RTR. We're still working on the name of the guide but our resources for the guide are coming together very nicely already (as we've been planning on them since this past summer and fine-tuning as we go).
For the physical science focus of the guide, we will schedule living biographies of inventors in the physical science field for one of the science boxes in the plans three times each week. This box will likely include a science reading and a brief follow-up assignment to be completed within the student notebook. Follow-up assignments will include a combination of oral narration, written narration, and a notebook entry of some sort (such as writing a written narration, adding to a timeline of the person's life, and/or coloring a picture of one of the inventions). At this point our plan is to include one full-color notebook page for each inventor within the history student notebook.
The living biographies we are planning to include are as follows:
The spine of the biography box will be Story of Inventions, Second Edition by Bachman. We will integrate other biographies within the spine as they fit chronologically. These biographies include:
Michael Faraday by Charles Ludwig
Four American Inventors: Thomas Edison, Eli Whitney, Samuel Morse, and Robert Fulton by Frances M. Perrry (Yesterday's Classics is publishing this book specifically for our guide, and it is truly a wonderful book)!
Henry Ford by Hazel Aird and Catherine Ruddiman
Always Inventing (Alexander Graham Bell) by Tom L. Matthews
They Gave Us Wings (Wright Brothers) by Charles Ludwig
Note: We are also including a biography of George Washington Carver under the history read-aloud section, as he was a truly gifted scientist and inventor who lived during this time period. He is not included in the Science box of this particular guide, as his area of research was not in the physical science field, which is the science focus for this guide.
The other science box within the guide will be devoted to utilizing the hands-on experiments in Exploration Education Physical Science. Younger students will use the Intermediate version (requiring 3 days each week) and older students desiring high school credit in Physical Science will use the Advanced Version (requiring 5 days each week). We are very excited to be able to carry the Exploration Education Science Curriculum and to be able to partner with this truly excellent company.
Here is a link to their website, so you can view the product. http://www.educationexploration.com/
We used this program with our own oldest son, and he had a truly terrific physical science experience! We pray that you will too!