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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Science in a Box: Montessori Lectures

Science Kit at Montessori Lecture

Materials consist of user guide and science cards only. Boxes and content not included 

Science In A Box

  • Science in a Box consists of individual cards, each with a basic science experiment, which may be used in a non-consecutive order. The activities of Science in a Box provide an active, problem-solving approach to the study of science. They introduce the children to scientific concepts including the properties of air and water, electricity, magnetism, light, sound, force and motion, and simple chemistry experiments. This material provides ease for teachers and parents without the difficutly of long term preparation, since items need only to be gathered at the time of initial set-up. The activities are very easy to follow and the 'hands-on approach' of each activity promotes an interest in science.
  • Each card has a list of materials needed, simple steps to follow, and questions asking about each activity. The back of each card answers the questions and explains the experiment.
  • Most activities can be done by children ages 3-6 years with minimal guidance. Older students, who read well, can be expected to do most of the experiments independently. The user guide contains a glossary with simple explanations of terms which can be used by adults to explain experiments to younger children, or used independently by the older student.
  • A list of materials required for the science experiments is provided. These consist of common items which easily can be obtained and stored in a large crate. A few items which need to be replenished on a regular basis are typically stored in a small box separately. It is convenient to store the experiment cards in a large index card box. Adults may set out a specific experiment, introduce the procedure, and then have the activity available for use of the younger child. Older students may choose a card and gather on a tray the materials needed to perform the experiment independently.
  • • Set consists of over 85 Science Activities
    • Science in a Box $40.00
    • Shipping within USA: $15.00
    • Additional shipping charges for other countries than USA

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Science Explorations: Primary and Early Lower Elementary

The AMI albums feel rather light on the chemistry; many people flesh that out with Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding, with correlation chart here: Montessori Trails.

Others may choose to go the route of Inquiry in Action - either in addition to or instead of other options. This pdf of science explorations covers both elementary and middle school (adolescence) and the website includes resources for high school as well.

Perfect for homeschooling Montessori!

From the website:

What causes certain substances to dissolve in water? Why do some liquids bead up on wax paper while others spread out? These questions and many more are explored in Inquiry in Action, a 470-page resource of guided, inquiry-based activities that covers basic chemistry concepts along with the process of scientific investigation.
The book helps students:
  • Ask scientific questions and investigate them
  • Design experiments
  • Record observations
  • Draw conclusions
  • Communicate their findings
It also includes extensive science background for teachers, including:
  • Strategic questioning
  • Teacher demonstrations
  • Detailed procedures for experiments
  • Student activity sheets
  • Preparation notes
  • Assessments

Monday, December 8, 2014

EEME - Monthly Electronics Projects

From the website:

Build a New Electronics Project Every Month

  • Teach your 7-12 year old kid about resistors, LED's, transistors, and much more using real electronic components with EEME's monthly project curriculum.
  • Everything comes in the monthly package - batteries, wires - ready to go.
  • Electronics experience not required - learn with your kid.
  • FREE shipping, risk-free (one-click cancel anytime)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding

Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding -
3 Levels: K-2, 3-5, 6-8

A review from a Montessori homeschooling mom who likes to ramble at times ;)

Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding can be combined with Montessori very easily, especially if you are using AMI or keys-based albums. Volume 1 can begin at age 4 or so, easing into each following volume as the child is ready.

Each volume contains roughly 36 lessons to be covered over the course of 3 years - about 12 lessons a year. Great conversational set-up, with hands-on activities focusing on OBSERVABLE science.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Economic Geography: Rubber Stamps

Economic Geography Stamps available at Garden of Francis

Not actually rubber - they're polymer and will last much longer than rubber -

Montessori Elementary Economic Geography Stamps - corresponding with the Keys of the Universe Montessori Elementary Geography Album chapter on Economic Geography.
Each polymer (not rubber, but like rubber) stamp image measures 3/4 inch at its widest; mounted on a 1 inch square cube - with the image imprinted on the top of each cube for easy reference.
Select which set you would like: the core set contains 26 images of mineral, plant and animal resources; the supplementary set contains 14 additional images in more specific items.
Each corresponding tackle-box comes with a cardstock print-out of the included images for that set.
CONTENTS CORRESPOND WITH AMI MONTESSORI ELEMENTARY TRAINING ALBUMS. And are most specifically designed for Keys of the Universe albums.
Purchase your own ink pads according to the color designations of your choice (see the elementary Montessori geography album for further details).

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Science: Home Science Tools

Home Science Tools logo
Home Science Tools offers a Montessori kit for those using AMI Montessori Elementary albums: Home Science Tools

It contains almost all the science supplies you need for the geography and biology albums - for 10% lower than purchasing the items individually (use an additional 10% coupon and the kit is even cheaper!

(I do not make any money when you purchase that kit - it is simply something I set up to make the obtaining of the needed materials easier for those who are using AMI elementary Montessori albums)

This Kit is now discontinued - so many people went to the site, bought the individual items and not the kit (despite the 10% discount) - so there were not enough sales on the kit itself for HST to continue offering it.

However, HST still carries almost all of the items you need to do all the science and biology work from the AMI Montessori Elementary albums - please see information in those albums for what is available and what is not (there are two items you cannot get there - one is magnesium sulfate (Epsom salts - look in the pharmacy area of your local grocery store) ---- the other is a fertilizer ingredient - look at gardening stores!)).

Montessori Keys of the Universe Kit