I am SO EXCITED about science for 2012! We just received our Science in a Nutshell Kits from Delta Education and they look unreal :D
Here you can see the 5 kits i purchased - Vision & Hearing, Body Basics, Weather Wise, Destination Moon, Energy & Motion. There are MANY more kits available however i chose things i thought would interest my children. I was also conscious of import restrictions on anything organic and considered a bio-security risk. I didn't want the kits ripped apart at customs!
When planning for science for 2012 i was inspired by this post. So i decided we would take a similar approach. I looked through TWTM logic stage recommendations for science and decided to go with their book recommendations.
Here they are sitting nicely on my shelf waiting for next year. We have the Usborne Illustrated Dictionary of Science, Usborne Science Encyclopedia, DK Science (a visual guide) and The Kingfisher Science Encyclopedia. I'm really pleased with all of these books and feel they will be excellent reference books for us not only for next year but well into the future.
Back to the kits :) The kits are presented in a small plastic tub with a handle. Inside each kit is an Activity Guide and 3! Activity Journals. The guides provide step by step instructions on how to complete the 'experiments' and the journal provides a place to record details. The kits also have EVERYTHING you need to complete each of the activities.
My plan is to use the books to thoroughly explore the concept before we conduct the 'experiment'. We will do lots of reading and narration. Hopefully i will be able to share more of how it plays out for us next year.