Sometimes science can come alive through reading literature. Particularly during the younger years, by including hands-on activities and kits, exploring science through books can whet the appetite for formal science during high school. In fact, one science-minded homeschool dad goes so far as to say that the science learned even in high school is not really science — unless you have the math to back it up. In the meantime, kids’ scientific interests can be encouraged and fed, developing scientific curiosity and avoiding burnout.
If you are looking for scientific interest books to use in this way, you might enjoy the Wonders of Creation series published by Master Books. Each book is full of information and written in an engaging and easy-to-understand style. Although they will be enjoyed by all ages, these wonderfully illustrated hardback titles are geared to the middle grades.
A free study guide is available for each book at the publisher’s site.
Here are a few of our favorites in the series:
The Weather Book by Michael Oard
The causes of weather, world climates, how to read a weather map, the atmosphere, warm and cold fronts, thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, and climates of the past and future.
The Ocean Book by Frank Sherwin
Deep-ocean research, the different physical characteristics of the ocean, icebergs, tides, waves, currents, how weather affects the ocean, ocean resources, marine life, the coral reef, various ocean-exploring vehicles and the Great Flood.
The Geology Book by Dr. John D. Morris
Inside the earth; igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks; plains, plateaus and mountains; erosion; deposition; fossilization; faults; and geological dating, with a look at the great geologic events of the past: Creation, the Fall, the Flood and the Ice Age.
The Astronomy Book by Dr. Jonathan Henry
The size of the universe, thoughts on the Big Bang theory, eclipses, constellations, space exploration, the sun, the planets, stars, galaxies, asteroids, and comets.