Knowledge of Nature Curriculum - Chemistry & Physics for kiddos!

Knowledge of Nature Curriculum

Welcome to Guest Hollow's Knowledge of Nature Curriculum! In this full, literature based curriculum, your child will learn about chemistry, physics, animals, scientists, some history, art, and even ice cream!

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Topics for this curriculum

Topics for this curriculum are interrelated and cross-curricular. This makes a robust learning environment that helps build retention and interest!

  • Chemistry (subtopics not listed)
    • matter
    • atoms
    • elements
    • crystals, plastics, etc.
    • acids & bases
    • chemical reactions
    • mixtures & solutions
  • Physics (subtopics not listed)
    • Newton's laws
    • Friction
    • Gravity
    • Energy
    • Sound
    • Light
    • Thermal energy
    • Electricity
    • Magnetism
    • Simple machines
  • Stories about real people & scientists
    • Archimedes
    • Isaac Newton
    • Wilson Bentley
    • Marie Curie
    • Buzz Aldrin
    • Galileo
    • William Kamkwamba
    • Thomas Edison
    • Albert Einstein
    • Nikola Tesla
    • George Ferris
  • Some history
    • The gold rush
    • Flying balloons
    • The story of salt
    • History related to famous people and scientists
    • Coal miners
    • Chicago Fire of 1871
    • Castles under siege (physics related)
  • Animals
    • Dinosaurs
    • Cows & cattle
    • Bats
    • Animal eyes & vision
    • Sea turtles
  • A bit of art
    • Kandinsky
    • Basic color theory
    • Drawing assignments
    • Crafts
    • Rube Goldberg
  • Other
    • Earth's atmosphere
    • Water cycle
    • Ice Cream
    • Geography & timeline assignments
  • Fiction (literature links) - There are various stories to read or listen to for fun that tie into specific subjects in the curriculum.

Activities

There are a variety of experiments and activities this year that make use of many things around your home, with a few exceptions. I've also scheduled in optional kits, crafts, lapbooks, printables, notebooking pages, videos, and even snack ideas. Please provide adult supervision for any and all activities.

Materials and resources

I've scheduled in a variety of fascinating books and resources to make this curriculum informative, interesting and fun! I've also included some books that are add-ons for advanced or older students.

homeschool science curriculum

Click here to see the book and resource list!

Question: What age is this curriculum for?

Answer: This curriculum is designed for 1st through 6th graders. Many of the book selections have two options, one for younger students, and one for older. Mix-and-match based on your student's level & abilities!

If you have a Pre-K or kindergartener who wants to tag along with an older sibling, you can do that too. Just be aware that some of the books and/or information in the spine book will be over his/her head. S/he will still benefit from many of the scheduled books and activities, though. My youngest used to learn a LOT, at that age, by just listening and playing with toys nearby while I taught his older siblings.

Question: Why is this called Knowledge of Nature?

Answer: The word physics comes from the Ancient Greek: φυσική (ἐπιστήμη) phusikḗ (epistḗmē) "knowledge of nature". Even though this year dabbles in a bit of chemistry (12 weeks), most of the year explores the world of physics (20 weeks). I chose a title that reflects the ancient root(s) of the word. This year's studies are all about how nature works.

Question: Is this science curriculum Christian or secular?

Answer: It's a mix. How's that for an answer, lol. The spine book is Christian (Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics (Young Explorer Series) and there are also a few Christian resources scheduled in. Those resources are obvious (and marked in the resource list), so non-Christian families can easily skip them. Even though the spine text is Christian, I think a non-Christian family can still benefit from it by skipping the small parts that don't agree with your beliefs. The spine book is chock-full of good and experiments and activities, which is why I chose it! Click here to see an example of the Christian material contained in the book.

You will need to preview materials to make sure they are appropriate for your family.

Question: If I buy all of those books, I'll spend a fortune! How can I afford this?

Answer: Borrow as many books as you can from the library. If you want to order them all, the cost will be similar to any other core or literature type curriculum, such as Sonlight, except you won't have to shell out tons of money for an instructor's guide! Please consider ordering through our links, as we get a small commission via Amazon. Your purchases through our links help our site stay up!

Most of the scheduled activities use inexpensive materials found in your home.

I've also linked to lots of freebies like lapbooks, printables, videos, and more. These items help make this curriculum a great value, even if you have to purchase some of the books.

Question: What is so special about Guest Hollow's curriculum vs. something else?

Answer: I LOVE science. I've always wanted my kids to love science too. I've worked hard to create a science curriculum with plenty of options that make it flexible, fascinating, and fun! When I design curricula, I design it to be something *I* would love to learn and base my choices off of 20+ years of teaching my own children, including a previously reluctant reader. I've scoured through hundreds of books to find interesting stories and entertaining resources that bring learning to life and that will help kids retain what they are learning and encourage them to WANT to learn.

I also don't like how science often takes a backseat in the homeschool world. Core curricula (unit study type programs) is usually centered around history, which is fine, but what's do you do for a kid who wants something centered around science? There just aren't many choices. You can get a thin textbook and use that, or you can pick through some of the anemic literature-based science curricula that just doesn't fill up a science-loving kid's heart. That's why I started creating science curricula that is meaty enough to be used as a core curriculum with lots of cross-curricular content that makes it even more meaningful. Kids interact with science on a daily basis. Why not make it an important part of the school day?

Question: How does your curriculum schedule differ from traditional style instructor's guides?

Answer: I've scheduled in books, videos, printables, activities, etc. but I have NOT provided comprehension questions, tests, or anything else, other than a few printables in a downloadable packet. For this curriculum I've designed the following items that are provided when you purchase a schedule:

  • A super-cute water cycle wheel and facts book
  • Interactive thermometer project
  • Timeline figure template
  • Solids, liquids, gas activity

water cycle wheel and printables

Take a look at the free sample weeks by scrolling down below.

Sometimes, in the past, I shelled out big bucks for instructor's guides with tons of bells and whistles and usually only ended up using the schedule portion. In my opinion, less is more. You already have 567 things to accomplish every day. Will you really use all the extras you pay an arm and leg for in other curricula?

Guest Hollow curriculum is also EDITABLE!! I used to hate spending a fortune on instructor's guides that I needed to tweak and change, with no easy way to do so. All you need is a word processing program, and you can change my schedules to suit your needs. I trust my customers! I also remember what it was like to be a busy homeschool mom with barely enough time to get to our math lesson, let alone come up with a personalized schedule based off of something else. I've made it easier for you.

Question: Do I have to have my student do everything in the schedule?

Answer: I've scheduled in lots of videos as well as free printables and things like online games. Consider them a buffet of activities. If you are behind due to illness or another reason, it's easy to get back up to speed. Just pare down the schedule activities, and you're all set! Do you have another resource you'd rather use? Just plug it into the schedule and use it instead. The printable schedule is editable, so you can take out and add things as you desire.

Don't let the schedule rule you!

Always remember that YOU are in charge, not the schedule. Guest Hollow schedules are adaptable and flexible. There are some "light" weeks where you can play catch-up and heavier weeks with lots of OPTIONS, not commands, lol.

At the beginning of the year:
  • Set up a notebook (3-ring binder or similar) to store all your science papers for the year. You may want to take pictures of your kids doing the activities, print them out, and put them in the notebook.
  • Go through the schedule and download and/or print any of the free printables you wish to use this year. The internet is always changing and what is here today might be gone tomorrow.

I do NOT make any guarantees about this curriculum. USE IT AT YOUR OWN RISK. 

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The following is not guaranteed and is only provided as a courtesy. It may become unavailable at any time:

When you purchase a printable schedule, you also get access to a password protected ONLINE schedule for those of you who’d like a more visual schedule with links a student or parent can click on directly from a computer or a tablet.

  • Free updates & additions to the online schedule may be added occasionally! You do not need to repurchase anything to access these changes, as long as the online version of the schedule is provided. That means that even if your printable schedule is out of date, the online schedule will always be the newest version of the curriculum.

Click on the linked (yellow) weeks below for a free sample! Please note that the printable schedule is formatted for printing and does not contain book cover pictures, etc. like the online schedule, so as to save ink!

Order of topics (topics are generalized and may not list everything that is studied):

  Main topics:

Week 1

Matter, density, volume, mass, Archimedes, sink or float?

Week 2

More about matter, buoyancy, Archimedes, Gold Rush,

Week 3

Atoms, surface tension, gas, Isaac Newton

Week 4

More about atoms, more about gasses, condensation, water cycle, hot-air balloons

Week 5

More about atoms, Hindenburg

Week 6

More about atoms, Periodic Table of Elements, dinosaurs

Week 7

Molecules / bonding, salt, atmosphere

Week 8

Crystals, gems, diamonds, plastics, putty, Wilson Bentley,

Week 9

Recycling, plastics, acids, bases, pH, Marie Curie

Week 10

Chemical reactions

Week 11

Mixtures, suspensions, emulsions, polar bonds in water, soap, copper, character lessons

Week 12

Alloys, colloids, where milk comes from, cows, cattle

Week 13

Mechanics, motion, inertia, Newton's first law, Benjamin Franklin and Dr. Mesmer

Week 14

Newton's second law, Newton's third law, Buzz Aldrin,

Week 15

Friction, adhesion

Week 16

Gravity, acceleration, centripetal force, Galileo, flying airplane design

Week 17

Types of energy, conserving energy, coal miners

Week 18

Renewable energy, William Kamkwamba

Week 19

Sound, Kandinsky (synesthesia)

Week 20

More about sound, sonar, ultrasound, etc., bats

Week 21

Light, light spectrum, wavelength, how animals see, Thomas Edison

Week 22

More about light, primary colors, color theory

Week 23

Thermal energy, thermodynamics, Albert Einstein

Week 24

Heat, convection, radiation, conduction, insulators, fire, Chicago Fire of 1871

Week 25

Combustion, measuring heat, ice cream, fire safety

Week 26

Electricity, Benjamin Franklin, Lightning

Week 27

More about electricity, circuits, Nikola Tesla

Week 28

Magnets

Week 29

More about magnets, sea turtles

Week 30

Simple machines, castles under siege

Week 31

More about simple machines, William Ferris and the first ferris wheel

Week 32

Rube Goldberg

 

 

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