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Monday, March 12, 2012

Science- Need a Rescue!

The theme, or question, this go-around for the TOS Blog Cruise is: “What’s your favorite Science resource?”

I don’t have one. I’m a wee bit of a sciencephobic. But that doesn’t mean I don’t look at things often and wonder if that is the one that could change it all or check out another and wish I could/would buy it (sometimes I can but that fear of science keeps me from actually doing it).

khanFirst and foremost, I would recommend Khan Academy- for upper middle school and high school. It is free and Sal explains things so well- you may not understand it but you feel like you do Winking smile (A bit like those Holiday Inn commercials: “Is there a doctor here?!” “I can help.” “Are you a doctor?” “No- but I did stay at a Holiday Inn last night.” *smile*- yea a bit like that)

At Khan Academy you can find videos for

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Astronomy
  • and one or two others that I’ve never used/viewed.

imageAnd recently, I stumbled across Ellen McHenry’s Basement Workshop for some science books as well as some activities. I purchased the Cells book to use with my daughter for the remainder of the year- funny and informative- much better than what we’d been using.

Finally, I want to use more living books in all of our subjects (and more than just one book each) so really like the site Macbeth’s Opinions for their lists of living books. Click here for high school science. You can also find elementary science lists.

"Books dealing with science...should be of a literary character, and we should probably be more scientific as a people if we scrapped all the text books which swell publishers' lists and nearly all the chalk expended so freely on our chalkboards." (Charlotte Mason in Philosophy of Ed., pg. 218)-quoted at the aforementioned site

So there you have some of the science ‘resources’ that I have been perusing lately. I cannot say that I have a favorite and this post could very well look very different if I write it again in a few months Winking smile 

I encourage you to check out the other science resources found and used by other TOS Crew-ers (eh, spelling, schmelling) along the TOS Blog Cruise (on 3/13/12).

4 comments:

  1. Ha! I'm just the opposite - we're science fiends... Can't get enough. One site you might like checking out is http://www.mrescience.com/index.php - he's got great resources for helping with science.

    April

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  2. Try the Happy Science Guy. They had a special going on at HSBC a while back. It's only 10-15 bucks for a year, and my kids love watching his videos of experiments.

    Blessings,

    Heather

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  3. Don't you love Ellen McHenry? She is a favorite of ours. And Khan rocks!! Love what you said about "May not understand it, but you feel like you do" :) Going to check out your resources that I wasn't aware of.

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  4. I didn't know Khan Academy had science stuff! I thought it was just math. I'm going to check it out - thanks for the tip!

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