far above rubies wrote:Out of curiosity, do any of the future sciences include microscopes/lab kits/stuff of this nature?
Those are separate purchase. I recommend Home Science Tools.
In elementary years, you don't "have" to use the lab kits for Apologia. But it can be helpful. Most of the items are stuff you'd normally be able to get at grocery stores, hardware,and general places like "stuff mart". So it's a preference on that.
Among companies that sell pre packaged apologia kits:
Nature's Workshop Plus!
Home Science Tools (and they sort by curriculum too)
for some people it is more convenient to get the Astronomy Kit,or Botany stuff via kits.
Then in Jr. hIgh (apologia general, apologia physical) - it's a preference issue. Do you want to buy kit, or just get the items you need when you need them. same places.
Biology - microscope, slides. dissection is optional. then "other experiments with household". Bought from Home Science Tools. They had a recommendation for a good for high school quality scope.
Chemistry - we got the kit from Home Science Tools.
in MFW lesson plans for those jr. high and high sciences, MFW lists at least one other company out there for homeschool science and such. But price check and shipping and such - well..
far above rubies wrote:Thanks!!! I have an extreme-science minded child and she asked today if she was going to be able to use a microscope and such when she's older. My other daughter is also very science-y, but more on a creative basis. My oldest dd, I could totally see going into the Maths and Sciences.
I'm thinking of buying a science kit (I could do some serious damage to our bank account each time I visit home science tools!) for my children as a summer project thing, but wondering what kinds of options and such are going to be woven into the future years.
I'd look into ways to use microscopes, or lots of magnifying glasses for nature walks for now. I'm thinking of the big "hummingbird festival" around these parts once a year. At the kids craft table, they have field microscopes to look at wings and skins and feathers and anything really. they use the brock magiscope. It's a field microscope for elementary. I don't own one but thought I'd mention it as something to think about for current needs.
magnifying glasses too. ooh! mommy look, there's fuzzy stuff on the leftovers... what's that look like up close? (nah... never done that in this house... nah....)
rock and mineral collections.
I thought of another couple of kits in MFW program:
Wired! - in 1850MOD
Fun with Magnets - used in ADV, and again in EX1850 (for younger sibs), sold as individual item in ADV
(and of course in Kindy, butterflies and ants)
CTG science has a lot of fun hands on stuff. You're in ECC this year, right? (reading siggy line).... magnifying glasses on nature walks, and backyard habitat. try to do more of the terrarium in the Brazil unit. Cooking is chemistry.
oh that terrarium thing - our plants grew a long time, survived an out of state move. We ended up growing our potato experiment in it too. the radish seeds. the kiwi seeds at the end of the year - and then we moved... it was here in new city that the kiwi seeds sprouted. Freaked me out! what's growing? oh yeah...... Australia/Oceania unit. oh yeah. forgot about that. anyway, eventually the terrarium stopped. but now the same one has a new plant in it from Apologia General.
oh yeah... in EX1850, the "bean experiments". How could I forget? It was our science "cat"astrophe LOL. The bean seed sprouted. it grew. it flowered. transferred it to a mason jar it grew so much. and since it was a mason jar and a hands on learning, we named the plant - Charlotte. As in Charlotte Mason. grin. Then... the flowers were pretty, and then the pods. My cat could not take it any longer. She had to eat Charlotte Mason down to the stem! and the cat had the nerve to knock over the jar so the soil was spilled on my kitchen counter and her little paw prints on the floor with soil......
wow... it's threads like this where I start remembering all of the hands on science we do over the years and within each year that always help me to appreciate the mfw science all that much more.