Christian Kids Explore Physics, the one book I have not taught in the series. Honestly the subject matter scares me. I did not take a physics class in high school so I doubted my ability to teach it effectively.
I chuckled when on the opening page the authors has bolded bullet points, “Don’t be Afraid, Don’t be Intimidated…Physics can be fun and exciting.”
Since I have not taught science for the last 6 months, I have all intentions of spending our summer focused on exploring physics.
A few weeks ago I cracked open the book Christian Kids Explore Physics to begin planning our lessons. About 20 minutes into a huge planning moment I realized I was over planning and close to killing the fun factor. I can create amazing detailed, check the box lesson plans. But I wanted to create time for them to follow their interests.
My son with Aspergers needs a reward system. He functions amazing well with a check list and ending goal. Which is why I created a point system to reward work completed.
I printed out the pages from the resource disk and created a quick and easy notebook. I stopped myself from spending hours on creating additional notebook pages.
I researched online to find about 10 extra hands-on experiments. Copy and pasted to a word document and printed them out.
After spending $20 at the Dollar Tree, I had all the necessary supplies for my physics supply bin.
Explore Physics List for Dollar Tree:
- Drinking straws
- Popsicle sticks
- Sandwich bags
- Paper towels
- Light sticks
- Birthday candles
- Tissue box
- Rubber bands
- Painters tape
- Pipe cleaner
- Glue dots
- Ping pong balls
Since I had purchased the (affiliate link) Thames & Kosmos Physics Discovery
I did not want the boys to quickly tear into the experiments in the box. (A reader has asked that I report how well the kit works, stay tuned for a follow up post)
I decided to give points for completing experiments, completing their notebook pages and reading books about physics. Then use the points earned to do one of the physics experiments. My son was given a science book based on Star Wars, but the supplies needed costed a few dollars. I decided the points earned from competing assignments could also be exchanged for the funds needed to buy the supplies.
The big twist with the points, I created it to maximize my middle son’s strengths. It allowed for more points for reading books about science then completing the written work. My youngest son only wants to read war history, but after observing my middle son excelling in the points, he was motivated to try reading a few science books.
Twice a week we are reading the lessons together and the boys select experiments to complete. In about another week they will have enough points to start working on experiments they have chosen from the physics set.
My boys selected the Egg Drop experiment for their first lesson. They thought it would be easy to keep an egg from breaking from a 3 foot drop. We learned a lot about problem solving with this lesson.
Here are the highlights of our afternoon, The great Egg drop.
My resources for Christian Kids Explore Physics
The point page I created to keep track of their work.
Amazon Affiliate links on physics resources I am using with my class.
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