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What elementary science to use for a supplement challenge?

What elementary science to use for a supplement challenge?

A family at our church has asked us for curriculum advice since they know we homeschool.

Their 2nd grade daughter attends a private school, but she is getting bored. She is bright, and they would like to find something to challenge and interest while at home.

The father works in a lab, and is therefore strongly interested in something science related.

They are coming over this week, and I would like to have some nice suggestions for them. But, honestly, we didn't use any set curriculum in science for elementary. So the only ones I have experience with are Apologia, and Real Science 4 Kids. And I was going to mention the kits and such from Home Training Tools.

Anything that you think might fit the bill?

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One opinion here.... (background for context, my dh is phd chemist, oldest child is in electrical engineering and computer science (and third major in math b/c "math is just fun mom")

When she was in 2nd grade, I added too much "curriculum" in science and took the fun out of extra science. When I trimmed back, we checked out library books on favorite topics, had fun with basic things like janice van cleave books (lots at our library). and just went to science museums with hands on fun.

so I'd start with recommending "science fair activities" books in local library. and discover them together. have fun with it. It's hard to balance on bored and overwhelmed. I had to learn that stuff when teaching my first.

So if they are just going to be "after schooling", they might like something that is like this list of 2nd grade STEM activities from a public charter school
http://www.harmonydc.org/Curriculum/pdf/2sample.pdf

some of them might make their eyes rolls, and others (like help Eduardo move his car) might have some fun thinking skills.


If they don't mind Christian info (God created) in science book, you might check into Science in the Beginning by Jay Wile. That book has 90 activities in it and would be fun and adaptable for various elementary ages.

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Library books and videos

Materials from Timberdoodle. Finally and educational.

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They could look at TOPS science as they have some materials and kits for younger elementary students: Lentil Science and Get a Grip. https://topscience.org/home.html
There are nice samples of the material at their website.

Otherwise, some of the over the counter science kits can be fun - especially chemistry or making things like bubble gum, or perfume. Cooking is another wonderful way to challenge both science and math skills - and there is great reward at the end. Nature studies are a lot of fun and the whole family could get involved.

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Very helpful! I'm writing down the ideas and links. I appreciate the thoughts.

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Thought of a few more things to throw out there.

Sewing, Crocheting, knitting - they all use so much math and science. This is a very practical and productive STEAM activity (You have to put "Art" in the STEM now), as well as a life long skill.

Paper Sloyd - https://archive.org/details/papersloydahand00richgoog
The introduction to this book explains all the different skills used with paper sloyd.

Look into 4-H clubs or using 4-H curriculum - http://www.4-hmall.org/Category/educationresources.aspx
Junk Draw Robotics, etc.

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Sewing, Crocheting, knitting -
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agreeing those are productive use of time. and feel like typing.

My oldest crochets. I think she learned somewhere around grade 3 or so. She still crochets and made her good friend a hat for Christmas this year, and an adorable baby blanket for a couple's first baby. Back in elementary, she would crochet baby bibs for donations to shelters.

which reminds me of something I planned to say yesterday on this thread, but didn't. This family could decide to take a tip from CM ideas and not do "more curriculum" in favor of "productive afternoons".
A long ago archived post is a favorite of mine on that idea. If the ideas would help toward that end, here is the link. lots of good answers, but "julie in mn" shared a lot on there and she had really good stuff to say. (and her youngest is now in college in computer science.)
http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=1829

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I never would have thought of those. Thanks!

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