All this by way of saying that, the homeschool curriculum developed by a famous scientist contains no formal textbook science until after Algebra. I know it seems crazy to those of us indoctrinated by "the system" that our children could thrive in science in middle school after having no formal science instruction in the elementary years, but this is just what he proposes. (I should mention that his plan accelerates math so that Algebra is usually completed prior to entering the 7th grade.) His recommendation for the elementary years is simply to allow children to read up on their interests whether that be airplanes, spiders, the weather, or whatever.
So, this is my 11 year old son's first year in formal science (he's also taking Algebra this year- Robinson would have recommended no science until Chemistry the year following Algebra, but I just couldn't stand to wait another year). I was quite nervous about it, afraid that somehow he would be completely lost or left behind, but quite to the contrary, he's thriving. He loves it! He asked me Friday if we could do every science experiment in the Apologia General Science text... this week!
Here he is Friday learning about chemical reactions. You can see in the last picture one of his sisters cheering him on. The whole family is enjoying watching Monk's science experiments. (They also enjoyed drinking the root beer- procuring the 2 liter bottle required a special trip to the store since we don't usually drink sodas.)
What do you think, do we have a future scientist on our hands?
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