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Recommended Homeschool Science Books

Here’s a list of recommended books for homechooling science in an experimental manner, by topic and book title, chosen by your Homeschooling Guide for their outstanding features and editorial excellence. As a result of a commercial relationship between Go Milpitas, A to Z Home’s Cool and Amazon.com online booksellers, these titles can be purchased directly from Amazon.com by following the links below. (Note: Amazon.com is solely responsible for fulfillment of book orders placed through these links.)

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General Science Books

365 Simple Science Experiments With Everyday Materials
E. Richard Churchill
New paperback by this favorite author of experiment books is due out October 2000.

Handbook of Nature Study
Anna Botsford Comstock
Covers birds, fish, reptiles, wild animals, farm animals, pets, trees, flowers, rocks, weather, stars, etc. Many labled diagrams. Written to fit in wonderfully with a Charlotte Mason philosophy.

The Science Teacher’s Book of Lists
Frances Bartlett Barhydt
Grades 4-12. Covers all major areas of the curriculum, including plant science, animal science, health and nutrition, chemistry, physics, earth science, meteorology, air and space science, scientists and their contributions, measurements and number systems, science education resources, and more.

Earth Science Books

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Weather
Mel Goldstein
This fun book offers readers the principles of meteorology by exploring the causes and changing patterns of the weather. Second Edition. Paperback 2002.

Janice Vancleave’s Earth Science for Every Kid
101 Easy Experiments That Really Work
Janice Pratt Vancleave
It provides hints as to what may be expected from a given experiment and offers a full explanation of the outcome in understandable terms for K-6 level students.

Science in Seconds at the Beach
Activities for Ponds, Lakes, and Rivers, Exciting Experiments You Can Do in Ten Minutes or Less
Jean Potter
Now that the tourists are gone, take this book to the beach and study “oceanography” while you are there. For elementary aged children.

History and Science Books

Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself
by Maxine Anderson
From armored tanks and gliders to “plastic glass” and drawing machines, this interactive book explores the incredible mind of Leonardo da Vinci through hands-on building projects and activities.

The Ben Franklin Book of Easy and Incredible Experiments/Activities, Projects, and Science Fun
Activities, Projects, and Science Fun 
Lisa Jo Rudy (Editor), Cheryl Kirk Noll (Illustrator)
Activities and experiments related to some of Franklin’s major interests: weather, electricity, music, paper and printing, light, and sound.

The Thomas Edison Book of Easy and Incredible Experiments
James G. Cook
Combine history and science by recreating some of Edison’s inventions in your home.

Physics Books

Janice Vancleave’s Physics for Every Kid
101 Easy Experiments in Motion, Heat, Light, Machines, and Sound
Janice Pratt VanCleave
This is a physics experiment book designed for children in grades 4 to 6. Young children will be able to complete the experiments with adult supervision. Older children can easily follow the step-by-step instructions with little or no assistance.

The Standard Deviants – Physics Parts 1 & 2
Only the most intense science geeks have ever considered physics entertaining, but the Standard Deviants, undaunted as ever, do their best to make serious science fun to watch, and therefore memorable, in this two-hour presentation.

Thinking Physics
Understandable Practical Reality
Lewis Carroll Epstein
In this book, as in real life, the questions come first. When the explanation follows it gets to the central point fast. There is an easy wat to explain anything, it’s just hard to find it.

Why Toast Lands Jelly-Side Down
Zen and the Art of Physics Demonstrations
Robert Ehrlich
Also: Terminal Velocity of Falling Coffee Filters; Spinning a Penny; Dropping Two Rolls of Toilet Paper; Avalanches in a Sand Pile; When to Add the Cream to Your Coffee; Deep Knee Bends on a Bathroom Scale; Recoil Force on a Bent Straw; Swinging Your Arms While Walking; Estimating the Net Force on a Moving Book

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