OK. Circa 1971 to 2000 – imagine the Star Wars words falling back into the distance – In a galaxy far, far away… a third year old child learned about erosion and the earth’s surface. Rocks wore down. Erosion. Water, wind, ice. Yadda. NOW – the Empire is in DIRE straits. Three young learners are studying earth science. Mom has no idea what to do with all of the concepts she didn’t learn while she WAS learning to sit in a desk, eat quietly, and run quickly at recess. Oh, and to walk in a line silently. AHHH!
SO – she pulls out Brain Pop, Ed Tube, Teacher Tube…… AND MYSTERY SCIENCE! If you have not been there… go there. NOW! A teacher life-saver. Fast, succinct, engaging, in no way contrived. And the experiments are easy and cheap… oh and make sense. So do the worksheets. Completely purposeful… and we detest worksheets and workbooks.
Oh… and discussion… and brainstorming with sticky’s. No bad ideas. All ideas are a spark!
We EVEN had tons of time to extend – read I was yelled at to keep going by my kids in unison – to landslides, Luray and Skyline Drive – which is right near us… FIELD TRIP. Rock falls, Mayan temples, and on and on. The extensions are rich and well-thought thru. The age ranges are spot on.
Tell them Sam at Homeschooling The Journey Not the Destination sent you!