Let's make a start on science, shall we? The year will be over before I know it. Here are the subjects we've covered this AO7 year so far, and the books we've used to learn about them:
Physics: Light Waves and Colour
The Wonder of Light: A Picture Story of How and Why We See by Hyman Ruchlis.
Astronomy: Introduction to Classical Astronomy; The Southern Constellations and their myths and legends
Signs & Seasons: Understanding the Elements of Classical Astronomy (Prologue and Chapter 1) by Jay Ryan
A Walk Through the Southern Sky by Milton D Heifetz
Microbiology: The Germ Theory of Disease
How Did We Find Out about Germs by Isaac Asimov
Biology: Classical Genetics, Variation and Inheritance, Meiosis, Mitosis, Sex-Linkage, Vegetative and Sexual Reproduction
How Did We Find Out about Genes? by Isaac Asimov
Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas by Cheryl Bardo
How Did We Find Out about DNA? By Isaac Asimov
Also, the K'NEX DNA:Replication and Transcription model
Botany: Biography of Carl Linnaeus, Classification and Binomial Nomenclature
Beloved Botanist by Adrien Stoutenburg and Laura Nelson Baker
Physics: Biography of Marie Curie
Radium Woman by Eleanor Doorly
Physics: Cosmology and Space
A Briefer History of Time by Stephen Hawking
Chemistry and Physics of Flames
Chemical History of a Candle by Michael Faraday (just started this one)
Australian Natural History
A Bush Calendar by Amy MackBush Days by Amy Mack
Nature Study: Seed Dispersion, Carrot Seed Production, The Grey-Headed Flying Fox, Saunders Case Moths and more!
Australian Nature Study (Selected readings) by J A Leach
If you go and buy these books you're going to be irritated at me, because most of them are only jumping blocks into further study. Mitosis was introduced in the genetics texts, but we did quite a lot of extra work as well. Similarly, we did a lot more work on classification once we'd been introduced to it in the Linnaeus book.
We have a lesson about once a week that is based on the things we have learned about in our books - sort of a traditional lecture type lesson. Once a week we do a nature study topic in some depth. Once a week we read a biography. If there is an experiment or demonstration we can do from a reading, then we do it. Every day something is drawn into the Science Notebook. Science takes about 2 1/2 - 3 hours each week, not including a nature walk.
I will continue writing about science as we go through the year, but at least now I've started the Booklist so I don't forget what we've read! Is there anything you'd like me to cover in depth?