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July 11th, 2007, 12:01 PM
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Do I really have to do science and social studies with my kindergardener? These two were my absolute least favourite subjects when I was in school and so I have some dread about doing them now with my own kids. I know that in homeschooling this is supposed to be the fun stuff, so could I please have some suggestions on really neat books or curriculum that I could do with Bailey in kindergarten that could be considered science or social studies? I am going to a curriculum sale next week so hopefully I can get ideas there as well. Thank you for your help!!
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July 11th, 2007, 03:16 PM
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For science living life and reading some science related non-fiction books is enough at that age. Kids tend to do their own experiments without help at that age. As for social studies, in kindergarten it's all about me and my family and community helpers and such like that. Again, living life covers it at that age.

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July 11th, 2007, 03:20 PM
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Well IMO 'social studies' is a made up subject of fluff fed to ps kids. So I would chuck that The only form of 'social study' I do is say "Oh quick look at that fire engine kids!" Lol
Science on the other hand is meant to be fun stuff, but no you don't have to do it. We don't do science very often but when we do it is something fun such as making rainbows in milk, watching ants in an ant farm, seeing what floats. There are heaps of fun and free experiments online. But if you want a book there are heaps of those too, just get something with easy experiments, you don't want to spend half the day setting it up, nor have to buy long lists of things each time.

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July 11th, 2007, 03:43 PM
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Thanks for the suggestions! Phew! Now I don't have to worry about it so much.
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July 11th, 2007, 04:16 PM
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I don't plan on having the kids formally study science until high school. In the meantime, reading and nature observation is enough, plus explanations of their endless questions and impromptu experiments.

I agree with Jo about social studies. When the kids are older (upper elementary, middle and high school) their study of geography, history, and civics should be plenty of coverage for social studies as well.
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