Physics for the Logic Stage is a physics curriculum written by a homeschooling mother with a science background and is aimed at students aged 12-13 (grades 7-8). It loosely follows the method for learning science in the logic stage as presented by Susan Wise Bauer in The Well-Trained Mind. It is part of a broader classical science series provided by Elemental Science that has guides for science in the grammar stage, logic stage, and rhetoric stage.
The curriculum is built around four key components - hands-on inquiry, information, writing, and a science project. The hands-on inquiry component guides students in observing science in life and practising the scientific method through weekly experiments. The information component gives students the opportunity to build their knowledge base through vocabulary study, researching, sketching and labelling. The writing component guides students in the skill of notetaking, outlining, narrating, and communicating what you have learned/observed in your own words. The science project is planned once for the year and gives students the opportunity to work through the scientific method on a topic of their choice.
Each week contains a series of assignment sheets for the student to follow with memory work, vocabulary studies, experiment and report guide, sketch page, and writing page. Two schedules are provided, a 2-day schedule and a 5-day schedule with optional quizzes and tests.
How We Are Using Physics for the Logic Stage
We are following the 2-day weekly schedule. On day 1 we complete the experiment, vocabulary study, enter dates onto the timeline, and look over the memory work. Day 2 includes the reading assignment from The Encyclopedia of Science, a written outline or Q&A response, memory work and completing the sketch. We are not following the full program or working through any of the extra ideas because this is not the only science we are working through. Our science for this year also includes a weekly homeschool science class exploring biology and a living science book from one of the AO living science suggestions.
Some Things I Appreciate in Physics for the Logic Stage
This curriculum contains some of my personal favourite components. It's laid out clearly, it's straightforward to follow, is as close to a pick-up-and-go science guide as you'll ever get (you still have to pick up extra materials for the experiments and projects - there is no way to avoid that!), it is not overcrowded with extra ideas and projects, can be worked through independently, and can be followed by a non-science Mama.
My 16 year old loves science but has trouble organising her ideas, maintaining neat and regular study habits, and developing her skills in thinking scientifically. This year she also required extra attention with vocabulary, outlining, and developing higher quality written responses to both general research and study questions and I saw a need for her to practise these skills across a variety of subject areas. This program, at this time, is providing a guide and framework for her to regularly engage in these skills of learning in a predictable and organised format while exploring a topic she loves.
My daughter sometimes gets lost amongst the literary language of the living science books we have been reading together, especially as we reach these higher levels of highschool level learning. Combining a literary science read aloud with the straightforward approach in this text has helped keep us moving along in science and not getting us bogged down. I am really liking this combination for us.