The best science resources are those that can be used by a wide variety of ages and in any homeschool, no matter your style preference. That describes the engaging science references from author Seymour Simon.
Written in a conversational, easy-to-read style, these homeschool science resources, filled with fascinating facts and captivating stories, are perfect for everything from supplementing a school-at-home style to strewing for unschooling familes.
Sure, we can look up scientific terms in a regular dictionary or in the glossary of our science text, but an illustrated science dictionary is so much more fun! Because it’s dedicated to explaining scientific terms to students ages 9 and up, the Science Dictionary by Seymour Simon breaks down complex scientific terms into easy-to-understand text.
The dictionary contains over 2,100 terms with 260 illustrations. It also features several helpful tables including:
- The Classification of Living Things (This was timely for us since that’s what Josh is currently studying in science.)
- The Periodic Table of Elements
- The Nine Planets (Yes, this book was originally published in 1994, before poor Pluto got his pink slip.)
- Earth’s layers
- Weather map symbols
- Scientific prefixes and symbols
The terms cover all branches of science, so this dictionary will be handy for a variety of ages and topics.
Did you know that Australia is the only continent in which poisonous snakes outnumber nonpoisonous snakes or that the European viper is the only poisonous snake in England and many parts of Europe?
Did you know that over 150 million acres in nine U.S. states are covered in fire-ant mounds or that a column of army ants can stretch out for over 1,000 feet?
Students of all ages – including us old-fogies – will find their interest piqued in Seymour Simon’s Poisonous Snakes and Deadly Ants. Written in a conversational style that’s easy to understand, Poisonous Snakes features facts about poisonous snakes from around the world, including vipers, cobras, and rattlesnakes.
Deadly Ants focuses on fire ants (I hate those things!) and army ants. Readers will discover where these two deadly ant species live (I can tell you from experience where fire ants live!), how they organize their colonies, move about, and attack invaders (and poor, unsuspecting kids who are just playing in the dirt at the ball field – are you starting to suspect that I’ve had encounters with fire ants before?)
Have you ever heard someone say that their biological clock was ticking? Did you know that the body temperatures and blood pressure of night owls and early birds differ or that studies have shown that people maintain a fairly constant 24-hour sleep-wakefulness cycle even without clocks or other time signals (no windows for judging light or dark)?
In The Secret Clocks: Time Senses of Living Things, students will learn about daily and seasonal rhythms of plants, animals, and insects – even creepy cockroaches and time-telling cats!
There are several activities for you to explore these phenomena yourself. Once the weather warms up, we’re totally experimenting with the time clocks of bees!
Ghosts and Mysteries
In Strange Mysteries, you’ll learn about such curiosities as the Crystal Skull (which will also give you an excuse to watch Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) or the Mystery of Oak Island (which got me so curious that I searched Google to learn that as recently as 2015, teams were still trying to unearth the treasure).
Ghosts highlights spooky tales from around the world. It doesn’t try to prove or disprove the existence of ghosts, but it shares some stories that you may want to save up for your next camp out when you’re requested to tell ghost stories.
Each of these titles is included in Dover Publication’s extensive collection of resources, puzzle books, and coloring books for homeschooling (and other schooling) families. For more helpful resources from Dover, check out their Facebook page, Teaching with Dover, where they offer information on new titles, free samples and more.
The folks at Dover Publications want to give one WUHS reader a set of the Seymour Simon books that includes each of these fabulous science resources:
- Science Dictionary
- Poisonous Snakes
- Deadly Ants
- The Secret Clocks: Time Senses of Living Things
- Around the World
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