Thursday, February 21, 2013

WTM Homeschooling Grade 2: Earth Science

Susan Wise Bauer's The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home suggests teaching Astronomy and Earth Science in second grade. Instead of using standard science textbooks, there are many great picture books which cover the topics that are age-appropriate for second graders. Additionally, Janice VanCleave's science experiment books can help with hands-on learning and allow for "picking and choosing" your experiments.

Here is a list of picture books and experiments shown in the above picture:

 1. Janice VanCleave's Earth Science for Every Kid

 2. A Rock is Lively by Dianna Hutts Aston
 3. The Reason for the Seasons by Gail Gibbons
 4. The Best Book of Fossils, Rocks and Minerals by Chris Pellant
 5. Down Comes the Rain by Franklin M. Branley
 6. Let's Go Rock Collecting by Roma Gans
 7. How Mountains are Made by Kathlreen Weidner
 8. Follow the Water from Brook to Ocean by Arthur Dorros
 9. Weather Words and What They Mean by Gail Gibbons
10. Clouds by Anne Rockwell
11. Flash, Crash, Rumble, and Roll by Franklyn M. Branley
12. 101 Ways You Can Help Save the Planet Before You're 12! by Joanne O'Sullivan
13. Rocks, Hard, Soft, Smooth, and Rough by Rosinsky, Natalie M, John and Matthew

Using the non-textbook approach is not as difficult as it may seem once you have chosen your resources. There are so many wonderful science picture books available for children that essentially do the teaching for you.

Click here for the Astronomy Resources. 

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