Science in the Ancient World Lab Kit
The Science in the Ancient World Lab Kit includes aluminum foil, antacid tablets, baking soda, bar magnet, bendable straw, birthday candle, black construction paper, black marker, butterscotch candies, candle, cardboard, cardboard tube, circular pie pan, clay dough, coffee filter, colored candies, colored pencil, construction paper, craft sticks, dish soap, dropper pipette, finger paint, flashlight, flavored gelatin, green food coloring, funnel, glue, golf ball, honey packet, index card, large paper plate, rubber bands, large straw, mint Lifesavers, magnifier, magnifying mirror, marbles, masking tape, measuring cups and spoons, measuring tape, mint candy, mirrors, 3-inch nail, needle, newspaper page, notebook, paper towels, pen, pencil, plastic bag, plastic cling wrap, plastic tub, plastic water bottle, pushpin, red cinnamon candies, rubbing alcohol, 12-inch ruler, salt, sandpaper, scissors, small board, small nail, small paper plate, spoon, spray bottle, stopwatch, straight pin, Styrofoam cup, super glue, clear tape, thread, thumbtacks, toothpick, top soil, unflavored gelatin, vinegar, wax paper, white cotton string, white paper, wooden matches, wooden spools, yeast, and Ziploc bags.
Some items are in numbered bags with a list of the contents in that bag - this aids locating. Household items will need to be supplied and are listed by lesson on the enclosed equipment list.
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A lab kit designed for Science in the Ancient World. Although many of the items may be easy to find at home or stores close by, this kit makes your Science course an enjoyable stress-free experience. With each lessonindividually bagged and labeled, it allows students more time to apply knowledge and understanding towards the course, and less time gathering all the supplies. With this kit, students will be able to learn about length andsound, how to decompose hydrogen peroxide, learn about copper and iron, learn about the digestive system, a sinking gas, and so much more!
Science in the Ancient World, is divided into six chronological time periods: Science before Christ (570 B.C- 370 B.C.), Science Before Christ (424 B.C. - 120 B.C), Science Soon After Christ (40 A.D. - 200 A.D), Science in the Early Middle Ages (490 A.D.-1368 A.D.), Science in the Late Middle Ages (1320 A.D. - 1519 A.D.) and Science in the Early Renaissance(contributions of Leonardo DaVinci). The great discoveries of early natural philosophy and science are studied through the brilliant minds of Pythagoras, Hippocrates, Plato, Aristotle, Archimedes, Galen, Roger Bacon, and Leonardo DaVinci along with many others. Topically, students will be introduced to human anatomy, medicine, optics, sound, music, magnets, plant growth, the atmosphere, density, water flow, erosion and more.
After much speculation and anticipation, Dr. Jay Wiles new elementary science curriculum is now available, and dare I say, it has been worth the wait! For those unaware, Dr. Jay Wile is the author of the Jr. and Sr. High Apologia Science curriculum which was specifically designed for homeschool family use, and he continues in the same vein with his newest courses.
Designed to be used every other day, each of the curriculum courses provides one year’s worth of science instruction. Each book is divided into six sections that include twelve foundational lessons and three challenge lessons, for a total of 90 lessons. While the challenge lessons may be considered optional if you have a science-resistant child, you will find they add depth and enjoyment to the subject being studied and provide excellent extension activities for older or gifted students.
Designed with the belief that children of elementary age can learn together, each lesson includes a hands-on activity or experiment (parental supervision required), approximately three pages of reading, and review questions at three levels of difficulty. The hands-on activities or experiments primarily use commonly found household items, although lab kits are available. Supply lists by unit are conveniently located in the front of the textbooks, making it easy to secure items ahead of time.
While the hardcover Text contains all of the instruction, the author has provided parents with a “Helps & Hints” softcover book which offers experiment and activity notes, answers to all three levels of questions, and optional tests/answers for those who want to incorporate assessments (reproducible for family use). The author recommends students keep notebooks of activities/experiments and lesson questions to evaluate learning. Some reproducible activity templates are included to facilitate this.
The first course, Science in the Beginning, teaches science topics as they relate to the six days of creation. Here is an example of the questions and how the level of difficulty increases. From Lesson 9, Day 1 of Creation:
“Younger Students: Where does your eye’s lens focus the light that passes through it? What do the rods and the cones do in the eye? Older Students: Make your own drawing of the eye, based on the one you see on pg. 25. Label the cornea, lens, retina, and optic nerve. Make a note that the rods and cones can be found on the retina. Also, point out in the drawing where the blind spot is, and explain why it is a blind spot. Oldest Students: Do what the older students are doing. In addition, I want you to predict what would happen if I changed the instructions in the experiment. Suppose I asked you to hold the book so the red squares are just to the left of your nose. Then, suppose I told you to close your right eye and look at the red and blue circles with your left eye. Then, suppose I asked you to bring the book closer and closer to your face. Can you predict what you would eventually see? Write down your predication and then see if it was correct by actually doing the experiment that way.”
At this point, you may wonder how this compares to the Elementary Apologia curriculum. At first glance, the main difference is with the scope of topics. Dr. Jay’s new series provides students with exposure to multiple branches of science within the course of a year. Elementary Apologia takes one topic and studies it in-depth over the course of one year. Parents who have used the Jr. and Sr. High Apologia texts will find this new series is similar to the upper level Apologia texts, with lessons written in a friendly conversational tone, step-by-step experiment instructions and lesson reviews. Full-color graphics are plentiful but not as bountiful as in the Apologia elementary books. Also noteworthy is that each lesson in this book contains three pages of textual reading, which is less than the average daily readings in the elementary Apologia courses. Dr. Jay Wile’s excellent elementary series could ease the transition to the Apologia Jr. High Curriculum for a middle school student who is using a different program.
Texts are available separately as are the Helps & Hints. Sets include both the hardcover Textbook and Helps & Hints softcover book. Dr. Jay anticipates the release of other books in this series. Check our website or call to check availability or upcoming titles. ~ Deanne
Items listed in this section tend to be complete science programs with a teacher and student component, requiring few supplements besides science supplies.
1 year ago
over 3 years ago
I would highly recommend, especially for parents of many children. Many of the items can be used over again for your next budding scientist. They can be kept together so you don't have to hunt them down again or use your own household items.
The price is less than if I had bought the items individually myself.
So glad we bought the kit this year.
over 3 years ago