Thursday, October 23, 2008
God's Design for the Physical World
We had our first science class today in our wonderful new house. It was so much fun I can hardly contain myself. We had 14 children ranging in age from 3 to 13. Okay, so only 8 of them actually participated in most of it, but they all made windmills (with some mom help). The curriculum is from Answers in Genesis. It is called God's Design for the Physical World. The first book is about heat and energy. Today we talked about all the different kinds of energy. The kids did a worksheet about energy conversion. Then we talked more specifically about mechanical energy. That is when we made the windmills. It was great fun to see the kids actually excited about learning. When we were going through the worksheet about energy conversion and they actually got it, I was amazed. Even the 7 yo was getting it. It is so great to see the kids learn to work together with other kids of all ages rather than being confined to a class full of kids the same age. I would highly recommend this curriculum, just based on the first 2 lessons. I have looked ahead, though and am very excited about what's to come. Hopefully, next week I will be able to get some pics of the models they are going to build. It should be quite interesting.