We’ve made a big leap to interest-led science this year. We’ve done the full cycle of topics (a la Well-Trained Mind). So I thought that the next two years would be the perfect time for independent homeschooling choices before TJ begins the upper level high school sequence. She’s at an age where she’s looking for more input and I believe that if the student is interested in the topic they’ll be more invested in learning. So, we took that step into the interest-led arena.
Before we started our first term we pulled out the pile of science books we had and TJ choose her topic – rocks and minerals. I ordered more books from the library and pulled out some things from our science stash and we were ready to go!
Interest-led science within a Classical homeschool framework
While we didn’t stick to the topics laid out in the 4-year cycle, I did still plan to offer some guidance. So, while TJ was free to choose the subjects that interested her, I still required some specific output each week. If you’d like to see what those guidelines were you can read this post – Tips & Guidelines for Interest-Led Science (there’s a printable experiment page too).
Beyond those specifics she could choose other projects or notebooking ideas that she wanted to pursue. We set the timer for 2 hours each morning and she would fill her time with the requirements I set and her own projects and ideas.
Resources for interest-led homeschooling
Between the collection of books and resources we’ve collected over the years and our fabulous public library we found an abundance of resources perfect for homeschooling science lessons.
Here are some of my favorite resources for studying rocks & minerals.
- Janice VanCleave’s Rocks & Minerals – great resource for science projects & experiments
- Rocks & Minerals: A Gem of a Book – fun book about rocks & minerals
- Rocks & Minerals – a DK Eyewitness book (great photographs)
- “Make Five” – a game about the chemical formula for different minerals
- Cut-and-assemble mineral crystal shapes – fun project idea
- Rocks & Minerals unit study printables
Resources for studying rocks
Experiments & Ideas
- Rock & Mineral studies – some great looking projects & experiments
- Science Notebooking – we love adding notebooking to our science projects
You certainly don’t need a pile of books and resources – just a few handy things and a library card will do (but it’s always fun to include a few fun extras!).
If you’ve studied rocks & minerals with your kids or you have advice to offer our journey into interest-led homeschooling, I welcome your insight!
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