Thursday, October 20, 2011

Seventh Grade Science

Seventh grade science is an important subject. The presentation of science for this grade is extremely important. Seventh graders will enjoy science and enter into an appreciation of how scientific principles apply to real life when they have had the opportunity to experience it. Science cannot be a dry word based subject, especially for this grade level.

Incorporating a subject type curriculum that makes an application of principles to real life is a great way to help the seventh grader enjoy science. We enjoy the homeschool curriculum Apologia. This was written for the especially for the homeschooler, and attempts to incorporate practical concrete concepts into the seventh grade curriculum. We also enjoy using the Time4Learning curriculum to augment our science studies. This curriculum uses a web based curriculum that allows for interaction and an exciting format to engage the students in learning. In any case, there are many great opportunities for the homeschool student to make science exciting!

Monday, October 10, 2011

History Alive?

Ok, so many kids think seventh grade history is boring...if it is presented with dry, dusty, boring facts - it IS boring. Who can remember facts...dates...unconnected bits of information? BUT what would happen if we switched things up a bit and made history become a subject full of application and even experience? What do you think would happen?

Yes, of course, students would actually begin to like history - begin to enjoy studying and learning about what happened years before they were born. If we could get students to see that learning from history's mistakes, helps us to realize what not to do in the present. If we can use the mistakes made in history to learn from - the future can be made better. Yet, still making application from history may not be enough to get them excited. How about visiting history... seeing where it took place. Making concrete connections from real places to actual events in history. This is key to making history real for our children!