Science

In the early years, science education consists primarily of nature study. Try to spend some time observing nature at least once a week and journaling. It not only hones our observation skills and teaches us about life science, but it also teaches us to slow down and experience the beauty of creation.

Reading literary books about nature also help children develop a relationship with the natural world around them.

After we have spent years observing nature, we can begin to study the details of all these things we have spent years observing (botany, physiology, weather patterns, fossil development, astronomy, genetics, physics, etc). As the well-known physist professor Richard Feynman once said, “You can know the name of that bird in all the languages of the world, but when you’re finished, you’ll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird. You’ll only know about humans in different places, and what they call the bird. … I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.”

Depending on your child’s interests and learning needs, you can choose one of the full curricula listed below or build your own science education based on living books, also listed below.

Nature Study

How to Teach Nature Journaling: Curiosity, Wonder, Attention by John Muir Laws

Full Curricula

Sassafras Science Adventures — K-6 literature-based science curriculum.

Elemental Science — K-8 homeschool science curriculum.

Lyrical Learning — music-based science curriculum for middle grades.

Ellen McHenry — science materials for grades 3-10

Science Living Books

A longer list is in the works. Meanwhile, enjoy the following books.

Elementary

The Way Science Works by Robin Kerrod and Dr. Sharon Ann Holgate

Life in a Bucket of Soil (Dover Children’s Science Books) by Alvin and Virginia Silverstein

A World in a Drop of Water: Exploring with a Microscope (Dover Children’s Science Books) by Alvin and Virginia Silverstein

Metamorphosis: Nature’s Magical Transformations (Dover Children’s Science Books) by Alvin and Virginia Silverstein

Nature’s Champions: The Biggest, the Fastest, the Best (Dover Children’s Science Books) by Alvin and Virginia Silverstein

Life in a Tidal Pool by Alvin and Virginia Silverstein

The Way Things Work Now by David Macaulay

Clara Dillingham Pierson’s Complete Among the People Series

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Let’s Read and Find Out Science

Butterfly House by Eve Bunting

My First Field Guide: Looking at Rocks

My First Field Guide: Looking at Trees and Leaves

My First Field Guide: Looking at the Sky

One Small Square: Woods by Donald M. Silver and Patricia Wynne

One Small Square: Backyard by Donald M. Silver and Patricia Wynne

One Small Square: Seashore by Donald M. Silver and Patricia Wynne

One Small Square: Pond by Donald M. Silver and Patricia Wynne

One Small Square: Coral Reef by Donald M. Silver and Patricia Wynne

One Small Square: The Night Sky by Donald M. Silver and Patricia Wynne

One Small Square: Cactus Desert by Donald M. Silver and Patricia Wynne

One Small Square: Tropical Rain Forest by Donald M. Silver and Patricia Wynne

One Small Square: Swamp by Donald M. Silver and Patricia Wynne

One Small Square: Arctic Tundra by Donald M. Silver and Patricia Wynne

One Small Square: Cave by Donald M. Silver and Patricia Wynne

One Small Square: African Savanna by Donald M. Silver and Patricia Wynne

Magic School Bus books

One Day in the Woods by Jean Craighead George

One Day in the Tropical Rain Forest by Jean Craighead George

One Day in the Prairie by Jean Craighead George

One Day in the Desert by Jean Craighead George

One Day in the Alpine Tundra by Jean Craighead George

101 Hands-On Science Experiments by Phil Parratore

Middle Grades

The Sciences, Illustrated Edition (Yesterday’s Classics) by Edward S. Holden

The Fairy-Land of Science by Arabella Buckley

The Story of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way by Joy Hakim

The Story of Science: Newton at the Center by Joy Hakim

The Story of Science: Einstein Adds a New Dimension by Joy Hakim

The Stars: A New Way to See Them by H. A. Rey

The Mystery of the Periodic Table by Jeanne Bendick

The Code of Life (Dover Children’s Science Books) by Alvin and Virginia Silverstein

Forces and Motion (Science Concepts, Second Series) by Alvin and Virginia Silverstein

Photosynthesis (Science Concepts, Second Series) by Alvin and Virginia Silverstein

High School

Genesis and the Big Bang: The Discovery Of Harmony Between Modern Science And The Bible by Gerald Schroeder

The Science of God: The Convergence of Scientific and Biblical Wisdom by Gerald Schroeder

The Hidden Face of God: How Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth by Gerald Schroeder

The Torah Encyclopedia of the Animal Kingdom by Rabbi Natan Slifkin

Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher by Richard Feynman

Michael Faraday’s The Chemical History of a Candle: With Guides to Lectures, Teaching Guides & Student Activities

Objects in Motion: Principles of Classical Mechanics by Paul Fleisher

Waves: Principles of Light, Electricity and Magnetism by Paul Fleisher

Matter and Energy: Principles of Matter and Thermodynamics by Paul Fleisher

Liquids and Gases: Principles of Fluid Mechanics by Paul Fleisher

Relativity and Quantum Mechanics: Principles of Modern Physics by Paul Fleisher

What a Plant Knows by Daniel Chamovitz

The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

Life in the Soil: A Guide for Naturalists and Gardeners by James B. Nardi

The Periodic Kingdom: A Journey Into The Land Of The Chemical Elements by P. W. Atkins