High School Science Options and Expansions

“The essential mission of school science was to prepare pupils for civilized citizenship by revealing to them something of the beauty and the power of the world in which they lived, as well as introducing them to the methods by which the boundaries of natural knowledge had been extended.” -Charlotte Mason, Towards a Philosophy of Education

In a pure Charlotte Mason school, students studied several streams of science through living books at the same time. Instead of the typical American public school sequence of biology, chemistry, and then physics, students would be studying biology and chemistry and physics, plus some earth science and other sciences. Nor did CM students only read, experimentation was an integral part of the science.

You have several options. No mater what option you choose, don’t skip the geography reading or map drills listed in each year’s science section.

  1. Use a traditional curriculum in a traditional order. For a plug and play experience with active teaching help, we suggest Thinkwell’s Biology, Chemistry, and calc-based Physics. These give you the option of taking them for AP credit, and we have found them to be suitably rigorous for most students.
  2. Use a traditional curriculum and add a few living books in a traditional order. Feel free to pull from the option 3 booklist, but make sure not to overload your student.
  3. Follow the curriculum laid out on each Year’s page.  These use living books in multiple fields of study with weekly experimentation, and use MIT’s OpenCourseware as a resource for lectures, problems and experiments for core lab classes -AND/OR- dual enrollment in community college classes.

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