I’m at the Southeast Homeschool Expo in Atlanta this weekend–with my mother, which is a treat because we don’t usually travel together (we tend to divide our energies and attend different conferences). So last weekend I promised the folks in Texas that I’d post my notes on high school rhetoric on my blog; this weekend I promised I’d post my list of middle-school science kits. Here it is. (Most of these can be purchased from Tobin’s Lab, Thames and Kosmos, Fat Brain Toys, or Science Lab.

Incidentally, in the next edition of The Well-Trained Mind, these will replace our current middle-grade science recommendations, which are (naturally) out of print.

Creepy Crawlies and the Scientific Method, Sally Stenhouse Kneidel (book)
Owl Pellet Dissection Kit
Bug Hunt Kit
Carnivorous Creations Terrarium Kit
Smithsonian Bio Dome Habitat
Basic 5 Animals Dissection Kit
Blood Typing Kit
Fingerprint Kit
Minds Eye: Optical Illusions & Human Perception..
Botanical Discoveries Science Fair Kit
Microscope & Biology Kit
Fetal Pig Anatomy Lab
Biological Inheritance and Genetic Engineering

Earth Science
National Geographic Earthquakes & Volcanoes Experiment Kit
Smithsonian Weather Center Science Kit
Volcano: Power Tech Series
Crystal PRO Crystal Growing & Crystallography Kit
Wind Power: Renewable Energy Science Kit

Primer for the Beginning Astronomer/Astromax Introductory Astronomy Binocular Kit
Space Exploration: The Planets, Moon, Sars, Solar System & Rockets
Slooh Telescope Card and Book

Thames & Kosmos CHEM2000 chemistry kit and 251-experiment manual
Mastering the Periodic Table: Exercises on the Elements, Linda Trombley and Thomas G. Cohn (book)

Backyard Ballistics: Build Potato Cannons, Paper Match Rockets, Cincinnati Fire Kites, Tennis Ball Mortars, and More Dynamite Devices, William Gurstel (book)
Physics Discovery
Physics Workshop
Physics Solar Workshop
Supercharged Science: Physics Kit
Supercharged Science: Electricity and Robotics Kit
Supercharged Science: Laser Show Kit
Introduction to Electronics
Kite Dynamics
Physics Pro

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  • Colleen in NS

    This is great, thanks!! We are just starting 5th grade bio (but I did manage to hunt down all the Reader’s Digest books for all four years) and this will be a great list to use for added excitement. As always, I am forever grateful!

  • Melissa B.

    What do you think of the Noeo Science programs? Their website is: http://www.noeoscience.com/.
    Melissa B.

  • melissa in Australia

    Are there giong to be any changes for high school science?
    thank you

  • Sharon E.

    Have you done any of the projects in the Backyard Ballistics book? We have it, and my husband has been very frustrated with the projects. The pictures don’t always match the descriptions/directions and sometimes he just ends up guessing at how to put some of the things together.

  • Raquel

    I am new to the world of home schooling. I would love to hear how a typical day looks in 2008. Just as interesting, would be how your brother and sister found home schooling. You obviously loved it, and have carried on the tradition with your own children (do they love it?).

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