Last week I shared our 8th grade English choices, today I will be sharing our choices for math and science. AJ enjoys math and science most of the time. Since she was little she has enjoyed watching The Magic School Bus and reading nonfiction books. I think that my choices this year will let her enjoy both subjects and allow me to stick to my very tight budget.
AJ is ready for Algebra this year! I didn’t know if she would be ready to take Algebra in 8th grade or if she would end up taking it in 9th grade. After looking at all of the concepts that we have covered over the years I was happy to see that she was ready for a higher level of math. I am not one that usually sticks to a math program, but I am determined to stick with two main programs that we were blessed to review this year.
I wanted a little bit of variety with a good amount of structure to our math plan. Right now I have her scheduled to work on lessons from CTC Math three days a week. The other two days a week she will work on Learn Bop. Between the two programs she will have plenty of practice and she should be able to master the different concepts. We will continue to play games like Sudoku (download a few for free) and Zoologic. We like to add games to our day whenever it is possible.
Science was a hard decision for me this year. We have studied a lot of concepts over the last few years and almost every curriculum that I looked at had a lot of information that we already covered. I know that some things will be reviewed, but when you spend an entire year on Earth Science you don’t want to learn about volcanoes again two years later. The thought of making my own study seemed overwhelming this year. I haven’t felt well so I decided I needed something that was at least outlined for me. After looking at quite a few different options I decided on Easy Peasy Physics and Chemistry.
If you haven’t looked into Easy Peasy, you should check it out. It is free to use and gives you a 180 day schedule of assignments for your child to do. Science has videos, articles, games, and experiments. There are also notebooking pages and lapbooks for your child to make. We will probably skip a few things and we might follow a few rabbit trails and get off schedule. But I like that I have a strong foundation that I can have AJ follow on days that I can’t help her.
Some of the topics we will be studying are:
- Elements of the Periodic Table
- Acids and Bases
- and more
AJ loves science so I plan to let her do extra experiments on her own. We will also to borrow plenty of books and videos from the library to go with the concepts she is learning about.
Some of the resources we plan borrow from the library are:
- Physics for Every Kid: 101 Easy Experiments in Motion, Heat, Light, Machines, and Sound
- Eyewitness: Force & Motion – She loves these books!
- DK Eyewitness Books: Chemistry
- The Science of Disney Imagineering Magnetism – We watched a few other episodes in this series and really enjoyed them, so I hope that these are just as good.
- The Science of Disney Imagineering: Levers & Pulleys
- Bill Nye the Science Guy: Chemical Reactions – I don’t believe everything that Bill Nye says, but these videos are a great way to learn science topics.
Our plan is to really focus on English and Math this year so I think that Easy Peasy’s Science will be the perfect fit for AJ this year. With a few extra books and videos I know she will have a year full of learning What are you using for math and science this year?