This hands-on class will feature science projects to introduce young students to the exciting world of science. Students will receive a fun and accessible introduction to many areas of science, including Chemistry, Biology, Geology, Botany, Physics, and Astronomy.
The course will focus on sparking wonder, experimenting with real objects, and seeing how all science disciplines are part of the big picture of Science — and how Science is a gift from God to help us understand the universe He created for us.
Classes will be taught live, in a classroom format, with other students attending. Science experiments your child will be doing include kitchen activities, rock collecting, bug study, flower dissection, and other child-friendly activities that teach kids to love science. Students will also develop presentation skills as they share their discoveries and observations with other students in the class.
Important Note: Science experiments can be messy. Your student will need a parent, grandparent, or responsible older sibling to help during each class. We will not do dangerous experiments, but your student will need an older helper at each week’s class.
Text: Janice VanCleave’s Big Book of Play and Find Out Science Projects (author: Janice VanCleave)
Equipment: We will be using the following tools for class. Since budgets vary, it is not mandatory to purchase them. However, we will be using them in class. If you already have something similar at home, that should suffice.
- Lab Kit (August 9: Currently on sale for discounted price of $19.99 + additional 5% coupon. Normal price $26.99.)
- Lab Notebook $7.90 (Any wide-rule composition notebook, with a hard cover, is fine. This one is a particularly nice size for young students.)
- Binoculars August 11: $20.77 on sale, normally $36.99 (real binoculars, compact size, high resolution)
- Stand Magnifier $8.99 (10x power)
- Butterfly Net $13.99 (long net with strong, sturdy hoop and handle)
- Ruler with both inches and centimeters
Materials: TBA. These will be easy-to-find materials available from grocery stores, hardware stores, your kitchen, and your yard.
- Kindergarten students who complete this course will be able to enroll in the K-1st grade science course again next year, for it will cover different material. This is because the course topics will rotate on a two-year basis, with different science experiments each year.
- 1st-grade students who complete this course will be able to enroll in the 2nd-3rd grade course in this Learn to Love Science series.