A friend recently asked me what science looks like in a classical, literature-rich environment. Her question is completely justified given that she knows my son devours books and that we tend to fly through science curriculum. “Do you only read about science? Do you complete experiments? Does he have hands-on opportunities to learn?” No, sometimes, and of course he does! A classical homeschool is not limited to only reading and writing. But, then again science doesn’t necessarily have to be completed using hands-on labs.
If your child has the ability to learn through reading, you should let him read. If he wants to complete labs to better grasp the material, set up some labs in your kitchen. That is the beauty of homeschooling. It is your homeschool! You know your child best and can tailor your science to his learning method.
So, in short, that is my answer…we do what he wants to do and currently, that is mostly reading. Even for science. Here in my house we go through science books faster than a speeding bullet. I am growing a scientist after all. He has been known to sit and read books like the John Hudson Tiner series just for fun. What I love the most about this set of classical science books is that they are written from a biblical perspective. What I love second most about these books is that they are not textbooky and often, they read like stories, filled with fascinating facts and discoveries.
Books are available for the following topics:
- Exploring Planet Earth: The Journey of Discovery from Early Civilization to Future Exploration
- Exploring the History of Medicine: From the Ancient Physicians of Pharaoh to Genetic Engineering
- Exploring the World of Chemistry: From Ancient Metals to High-Speed Computers
- Exploring the World of Mathematics: From Ancient Record Keeping to the Latest Advances in Computers
- Exploring the World of Physics: From Simple Machines to Nuclear Energy
- Exploring the World of Biology: From Mushrooms to Complex Lifeforms
- Exploring the World of Astronomy: From the Center of the Sun to the Edge of the Universe
While Mr. Tiner’s books do have review questions and activities after every chapter, Memoria Press has developed a series of supplemental books that contain review questions to each chapter, unit reviews, unit tests, and a final exam for each book in the series. These supplemental books can be a blessing to moms who want to ensure that the material is being mastered and not just read.
Click here to see samples of each supplement and to make a purchase. Each booklet is only $5!
Want to learn more about classical science? Here is some advice from more experts
Paige Hudson says: Living books are written by someone with a passion for the material or by someone who has experienced the story first hand. Because of this, the author is able to pull the reader into the story. He or she presents the facts in such a way that the students hardly realize they are learning.
Jeffrey Mays explains: Science education sometimes creates a quandary for classical educators. Its origins in the West are from Greek philosophy (for example, Aristotle developed genera and species and other classifications for plants and animals), but with the possible exception of astronomy, science is not explicitly included in the seven liberal arts and therefore has been considered something of a stepchild in many of the more purist classical schooling environments.
Sara Dennis explains her three goals in teaching high school science in her classical homeschool. As she states it: #2 is to teach the scientific method in regards to research. This means labs.
Another excellent week-long series written by Paige Hudson for The Homeschool Scientist. Paige tells us: Science is taught like any other subject in the classical education model. You focus on the different skills of the subject that are appropriate for each stage while seeking to build their knowledge base at each level.
In this article, The Well Trained Mind author Susan Wise Bauer explains step by step requirements for each of the classical stages.
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