Chemistry - Parents Page
Why include Chemistry in Home Schooling
Chemistry is the study of all the composition, behaviour and properties of matter and the elements of the Earth and its atmosphere. It is sometimes called sometimes is called the "central science" because it connects other sciences to each other, such as biology, physics, geology and environmental science. Here are some of the best reasons to study chemistry. Chemistry helps you to understand the world around you.
Chemistry is important because everything you do is chemistry! Even your body is made of chemicals. Chemical reactions occur when you breathe, eat, or just sit there reading. All matter is made of chemicals, so the importance of chemistry is that - it's the study of everything.
When Chemistry is included in to the home school education it helps develop As well strong mathematical/numerical ability and supports transferable skills, including:
analysis and problem-solving;
time management and organisation;
written and oral communication;
monitoring/maintaining records and data;
research and presentation;
IT and technology.
Recording the Learning
For our learners on the Autistic Spectrum, this is very much a topic that grabs the attention, on occasions some of my learners have moved out of my level of knowledge, when this happens - we find a chemistry teacher.
For our dyslexic learners, writing reams of information - is not helpful. Record their responses and thoughts in an audio/visual method, like using your phone, is sufficient evidence.
Mind mapping is a great way to record information. Here are the basics:
Start in the centre with an image of the topic, using at least 3 colours.
Use images, symbols, codes, and dimensions throughout your mind map.
Select key words and print using upper or lower case letters.
Each word/image is best alone and sitting on its own line.
The lines should be connected, starting from the central image. The lines become thinner as they radiate out from the centre.
Make the lines the same length as the word/image they support.
Use multiple colours throughout the mind map, for visual stimulation and also for encoding or grouping.
Develop your own personal style of mind mapping.
Use emphasis and show associations in your mind map.
Keep the mind map clear by using radial hierarchy or outlines to embrace your branches.
Following A Set Programme of Learning
There are some lovely TV programmes on the BBC that will help.
The topics to be covered are the particulate nature of matter, atoms, elements and compounds, pure and impure substances, chemical reactions, energetics, the Periodic Table, Materials, Earth and its atmosphere.
Why not join us on our trips in to London to the Royal Institution for their science lectures.
Including Chemistry In The Learning Routine
Here, at Orchard Training we try to embed chemistry into our projects, where it sits naturally and can be enjoyed. For example, in our project on Cakes we look at what makes cakes rise and how.
You don’t need any fancy, expensive equipment to teach chemistry. Each project will list the resources you will need and suggestions of where to visit. They are written with the home-schooler’s budget in mind.
The biggest expense will be visiting places of interest.
Whilst some don’t charge - others do. The main cost is the travel and ticket price: plan ahead, combine the visit with other activities, take a packed lunch – just like a real educational trip!