We enjoyed this one - I'm not remembering exactly all the details - it's been a couple of years - but I remember that I did like it. However, that doesn't mean my kids enjoyed every lesson. Mine are in 8th & 4th now - so they were 6th & 2nd then.klewfor3 wrote:Science is at the end of our day and I have been reading the assigned chapters and then going over the questions with my 5th grade ds and 3rd grade dd. The information seems to be going over their heads and they are having a tough time listening. Do I just keep going or should I be doing something different with the book? I love studying the human body and know my kids would like it too but I don't know if this book will work for us.
Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!
What I found with science is it is one of the areas, when they were younger, I tried to keep light & fun. I wanted to make it interesting - and when they seemed a little lost on something - I summarized. I didn't stress if they didn't get everything we read then. I tried to find what seemed to peak their curiosity & use that.
Often - when a book "I" wanted them to glean info from because it was in my teacher guide - didn't work - I would have a book basket for the year - where I'd grouped all of my great books I'd found that were on topic & we'd pull them out & enjoy some reading. At the time when I was teaching that course I had a giant book on the human body. It had great pictures. I do this every year - I have a great collection I picked up here and there at Half Price Books, ebay, and homeschool classifieds. I also periodically borrow from the library. My books are in a spot I keep in the living room for "extra" books - it's basically my book basket. These are always available for my kids to read, or for me to grab when a topic just isn't engaging my child. Sometimes - they just need to see it from another angle. (And of course - today - with the internet - there is a plethora of info to support what we are learning.)
Now, with my 8th grader, it is more important for him to read & learn the material, even when it is dull or un-interesting to him. Otherwise - he won't do so well on that test that comes with Apologia's older courses. So - does this happen. I am happy to say - YES!!! He does very well - even on the units he doesn't particularly love. So - I think making learning fun when he was younger is really paying off now! Hang in there - and maybe it's not everyone's way - but I think it's ok to summarize. I couldn't put every subject in the early part of the day, when they were freshest - but when I looked up from reading & they were glazed over - I tweaked things and "shook things up a bit"!
Sometimes - I even saved parts of science for a different time - maybe read the info during school & did the experiments as a Saturday morning treat. Something to get them more excited about what we read - without pushing them to keep going when their little brains had tapped out! Hope that helps.