Curricula and Resources
Want to know what resources we’re using? Here’s the place to find out! This is not an exhaustive list, but rather the highlights of our favorite resources. This is also not an exhaustive list of what we’re doing – a lot of our activities just come out of our heads, and have no particular resources attached, such as Eva’s writing lecture videos, the Chicago Toy and Game Fair, etc. The purpose of this list is simply to share the titles of books and resources we return to again and again, or were so bowled over by that I just had to share them with you.
Math: Singapore Math (book), Khan Academy (online), Art of Problem Solving Algebra I (book) and Alcumus (online) program, DreamBox (online), Thinkwell (online)
I also ran across this fantastic list of math-related books. There’s plenty here to keep your math student busy!
- Robotics: Lego Mindstorms
- Biology: Cells curriculum by Ellen McHenry, Manga Guide to Molecular Biology, Manga Guide to Biochemistry, DNA Replication and Transcription set by K’Nex, various models of organs and prepared slides provided by the public school district’s library media center, microscope (part of our collection), Build a Human Skeleton cardboard puzzle model, CellCraft biology game, Crash Course youtube videos on biology
- Chemistry: Elements: Ingredients of the Universe, Tom Lehrer elements song (found on youtube)
- Physics: Lego WeDo Education, general forces and motion books/online research to develop Rube Goldberg machine; Lego Technics Simple Machines (book), single, double, and triple pulleys with weights and dual calibrated spring scale (purchased separately, online), Zombies and Forces and Motion by Mark Andrew Weakland
Literature: National Novel Writing Month, library book club, parent and kid-chosen novels
History: resources gathered at public library, online video clips (especially the History Channel), Horrible Histories books and television episodes, Take Me Back (DK Publishers), Poop Happened by Sarah Albee, History of the World (DK), Off With Their Heads! All the Cool Bits of British History by Martin Oliver, Liberty’s Kids dvd series
Philosophy: A Young Person’s Guide to Philosophy by Jeremy Weate (DK Publishing), Philosophy (DK Eyewitness Companions) by Stephen Law, Philosophy for Kids by David White, and The Great Ideas of Philosophy dvd lectures by The Great Courses.
Spanish: Mango Languages (online resource)
Music: private instrument lessons, private music theory lessons, public school concert band, middle school jazz band, Finale composition software