I went back and forth and back and forth over our science choices for 2014-2015. This year we studied the solar system using a combination of books, resources, and lapbooks and we even took a couple of trips to a local planetarium. The kids really enjoyed the study and we were able to dust several books off our shelf. Pssst... a little secret for you- since we finished I OFTEN find them re-reading those same books on the solar system. Makes my homeschool mama heart happy.
ANYWAYS this year I wanted to find another science topic that would really pique their interest....and wouldn't make me crazy. To be honest I'm not all that into science. I made good grades in science, I understand science, but I don't have a lot of passion for science. Thankfully Hubby is ALL INTO science related subjects so he often fills in any excitement or gaps I leave. So I actually picked a really nice science curriculum recommended by a friend but I wasn't able to find it at a price that fit within our budget. I felt disappointed until I went back to our giant bookshelf and realized we still have many science resources that we haven't used to their full advantage.
I decided that for the fall semester we will study the human body. I actually have gathered up several resources for this over time and I've also started finding hands on (see my previous posts about my kids' requests) activities like a body puzzle, crafts and experiments on Pinterest, and even a few videos to go along with the study. In the spring we are going to focus on Zoology. We did a beginning study of animals a couple of years ago with a homeschool science group but both kids love animals and I know they will enjoy a more in-depth study. Plus what a great excuse for a zoo trip!
2 of the best resources I found on our shelves (that we've referenced several times since I first reviewed them free from the publisher) are the books World of Science and World of Animals. You can see my original review here and here. These books have so much information and the best part is I don't have to pay for our science curriculum this year. That leaves more money in the budget for field trips and project materials! Now while I can't get them for you free I have found a wonderful deal on these 2 books for you! Get 20% the World of Science and World of Animals bundles at Educents TODAY! I can tell you that you won't be disappointed to use these as a basis for a science curriculum or to keep on your shelves as reference books (that your children will often read for "fun"!).