Friday, 4 September 2015

Enjoying Science in the Beginning

Nau mai, hoki mai and welcome back!

Just a quick post.

Today we completed Lesson 10 of Science in the Beginning and discussed how light can pass through an object.  This really quick experiment was so effective in helping us all understand transmission.

Tamāhine 1 and tama 2 use notebooks to record their work, and the younger children have their own questions to answer as well.  Tama 1, although working on Physical Science takes an interest in what the others are doing.  While the others worked in their notebooks, he came up with:

We are really enjoying Science in the Beginning by Dr Jay Wile.  It is written in such a way that the kids aren't switched off.  The length of each lesson is just right.  Not too long that they become bored, nor too short that they haven't learned anything.  The experiments to date are brilliant.  They are keen to do science - which is exactly what I hoped for.  Tamāhine 1 and tama 2 are keen to do science now!  The younger ones all enjoy the experiments side of things that's for real.

Before I go, I'll add in the experiment from Week 5:

This is the kind of experiment we've probably all done with a magnifying glass.  Again, simple - but it requires a sunny day ;)  Lessons leading up to this experiment made it so clear how and why this works.  By the time we did the experiment, the kids have learned and understood absorption, reflection, radiant energy, chemical energy, mechanical energy, thermal energy ....  That's why I like Dr. Wile's approach.  Small, chunky lessons with experiments at the end of each lesson.

Oh!!  Check out what the black piece of paper looked like after the kids did the experiment:

It's cool when things happen by chance. :)

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