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My High School science would not have been as much fun as it was without using the 101 series, and journaling what I learned!
I am a creative person. I love to make things pretty, unique, and useful…
Journaling allows me to do all of that.
My family homeschools with the Charlotte Mason method and when my mom found the 101 series she was so excited (I was too, after the first DVD), because she wanted to find a curriculum that supports CM and does a great job teaching science! Our first experience with this curriculum was watching Biology 101. It was so amazing and completely family friendly!
When I started Biology 101 these were my assignments every week: 1.) Watch one episode of Biology/Chemistry 101 2.) Journal what we learned, or were assigned 3.) Experiment (The 101 Series has some great ideas on their Pinterest board!)
The assignments above, also were used for Chemistry 101.
Biology 101 and Chemistry 101 is perfect for all grade levels…K-12!
This is what I did in my science journals:
My family purchased a microscope and dissected flowers and plants. It was really cool to see pollen up close on the Stamen, and to see the veins of a leaf.
Do you know the difference of a Vascular and a Non-Vascular plant? (Biology 101 taught this so well!) A Vascular plant has a stem, leaves, and roots. We see these pretty much everywhere. (i.e. Trees, flowers, bushes, etc.) Non-Vascular plants are not as complex, but still have unique ways of transporting water.
I loved studying the planets! With everything I learned, I can see that humans cannot live on any other planet, it’d be either to cold or to hot. God sure knew what He was doing!
This was really cool! Learning the history of todays symbol of Christianity, or the “Jesus Fish.” It is called the IXOYE or Icthys. This was once used to discern a friend vs. foe and to secretly mark a meeting place during the prosecution of Christians the first few centuries after Christ. If one wanted to know if they were in trusted, Christian company they would draw one arc, if the other knew of this secret symbol he would finish the fish with the other mark and would thus know if the other was a Christian. Incredible, right?
Chemistry a.k.a “My Favorite 101 Curriculum!”
This is my first page of my Chemistry journal. I used this for my introduction, as well as a “cheat sheet” for the future. The image on the top left was from the 101 series, and shows the progression of Chemistry. From the Alchemists, to Robert Boyle, the man who made what we know today as Chemistry, to Mendeleev, the man who created the periodic table, and much more! The history of Chemistry was so inspiring.
I made little sheets that labeled: Who discovered the element, the year it was discovered, what method they used to discover it (there were several methods to find one element, such as stoichiometry…), what the element was named for, and a few more scientific information. Can anyone say, RESEARCH? It was interesting to see how many elements one person discovered.
Some of the words scientists used…sounded completely foreign to me, until I started looking them up. As you can see, some of the words were simple, but the meaning wasn’t quite that easy to remember. Did you know what Solve et Coagula meant? I know you read it!
Once I was finished with the elements of the periodic table, I began researching individual chemists/alchemists and wrote a brief narration of each. (Does that tell you I did Charlotte Mason?) A lot of the chemists’ history was quite unbelievable. It is scary to know that some of them didn’t make it because their experiments were to dangerous, and they didn’t even know it! Like breathing in a whole bunch of carbon dioxide…yes, one of them did it!
Facts…every subject in school has them. Of course, some subjects have more than others, and Chemistry has more. Very incredible stuff. Sometimes you just sit and think…”God is the smartest person EVER!!!” If it took people working for many years of their life to figure one tiny thing out, how much smarter and greater is God to create the whole world and all that is within it with just His words?
Can I say “Scary?” This story was totally unbelievable!!! The U.S hired 70 women to work in their Radium factory to paint ‘glow-in-the-dark’ clocks. The laborers were told that the Radium was completely safe, so the women decided to paint whatever they wanted, this included their nails, lips, clothing, etc. Did you know that Radium was even put in water at one time and said to be the purest water??? You NEED to read about this!!
And of course, what is Chemistry without the experiments? Exploding bottles of soda, battery powering lemons, etc. I LOVED how Chemistry 101 shared lots of experiments on the DVDs, because some of them I couldn’t do…seriously! I loved the Gallium spoon melting in room temperature water. Yep, I’d love to see the faces of people when they see that…
My brother and I loved Chemistry 101! We seriously LOVED it. To quote my brother after he finished watching the series: “Now my school is going to be boring!”
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