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I should be ashamed of myself and truth be told, I am. If you saw my last post, you would see that we have a lot of resource books for history. And that is a great thing, don’t get me wrong. The problem lies with the fact that my son wants to be a marine biologist when he grows up. He LOVES science! But the number of science books we have pales in comparison to the history books. Looks like this homeschool mama needs to get her butt in gear and get the boy some more books!
But I digress, here is what we are using for Gavin’s Science Curriculum!
First, you will notice that we have all 3 middle school science books, this is because they barely did life science at all in his last school, even before the pandemic happened. He learned what a cell was and that was about it. So, unfortunately, that means he needs to take 6 grade science again…but really for the first time.
Since he loves science, he has some serious goals to meet before he heads off to college. He wants to take Biology, Chemistry, and Physics in high school, as well as a full year of marine biology to prepare him for college. That being said, we have to squeeze 3 years’ worth of science..IN TWO YEARS! That is why we have all 3 books. We are doing life and the first 8 chapters of earth this year and the last 9 chapters and all physical next year. Yet, I am still adding them all to this year because he will most likely end up going through random chapters of all 3 throughout the year.
Anyways, enough babbling on, here are the books:
Word of warning for this book and the following 2, they are HUGE! Also, they are not interactive for homeschoolers. You have to have a code to access the online materials, which makes them interactive. From what I understand, these codes are not available for sale except for schools. This does not make them useless by any means, it just means they are not interactive. But they do have a TON of information and the format is great for students that love traditional textbooks, like my son does.
As I said in the last post, these books are great spines and easily our favorite resource books. We cannot recommend them enough!
We haven’t had a chance to dive into this book so far, but it seems like an interactive notebook style book with cut out pages and a graphic organizer. I know that my son loves interactive notebooks, so hopefully, that means this book will be a success when we get into Earth Science.
Oh yeah, some more DK Eyewitness books. Nothing more to say to these, they are great resource books.
This book is very interesting and also interactive but in a different way. It helps you explore the center of the earth with cut out pages. As in, layered cutouts that lead you through to the center of the earth, with facts and information on each page. I love it and so does Gavin!
What can I say, it’s an Usborne encyclopedia, it’s a staple in our house.
Now this book here, was the first book I bought on our homeschool journey. If nothing else, I wanted to make sure to get my son a book that would make him happy and excited about homeschooling! It worked for sure. I do recommend the teacher’s manual and the lab manual that goes with this book. They aren’t at Amazon unfortunately but you can get them at Rainbow Resources.
This pocket microscope will have to do for now until we can get him a good one, I already have my eye on one, I just need to save a bit of cash for it.
And that’s it, all the science books and tools I have for my aspiring scientist, I really should be ashamed. I will do better, I must!
What is your middle schooler using for science this year? No seriously, I need to know, I need to get him more books!