When you are educating classically texts are springboards of discovery. The books that your children read on the subject outside of the text may have an even greater effect on their thoughts on the subject. Last year we used Answers in Genesis’ God’s Design in for Chemistry which we really liked except this book does not have the “Younger” kids section that we loved in their first two volumes.
Ways to Encourage Exploration While Teaching Chemistry
- Set up areas in the home that are meant for reading
- Read bits and pieces of texts to them to peak their interest like we have a chemistry book about a guy that drinks radon as the latest health fad and dies with holes in head and his jaw falls off…they then wanted to read the book Elements to see what else happens.
- Read a lot your self on a wide range of topics even ones that hold minimal interest for you like science does for me.
- Buy a cheap Microscope and randomly examine things and discuss them.
- Visit Museums (especially on their free days!)
5 Resources to deepen your study of Chemistry
- The Periodic Table of Elements Coloring Book
- Blessed Learners Basic Science Notebooking Pages
- The Elements – This book has all kinds of weird stories about the different elements and what happened to the folks that discovered them and used them.
- The Mystery of the Periodic Table –
- Chemistry by Tiner
- Basement Workshop
Bonus Resources for Teaching Chemistry
During our study of chemistry my children were struggling with the concepts and in my search to find help I ran across Ellen McHenry’s Basement Workshop, this is a true gem. I highly recommend this Chemistry course and it is especially powerful for younger learners and those who are not naturally science orientated.
We used God’s Design for Science by Answers in Genesis to do Chemistry last year. I wish I would of been in the same place I am this year, last year because I think we would have really enjoyed getting a much deeper into the Coloring Book and notebooking pages. But regardless, of how much we did my kiddos really enjoyed these resources and their base knowledge and understanding of chemistry was expanded through them.
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