The right books can make a great difference in studying science. Here are the home school science books I recommend.
by Sally Kneidel. This is fun science curriculum with experiments geared around creepy crawlies. As well as information about catching and keeping the creatures, she introduces the concept of asking a question, setting up a hypothesis, and then experimenting and recording results to prove or disprove the hypothesis. The book includes blank observation and record charts.
by Sally Kneidel. This would be a fantastic home school science book for unschooling and strewing. Aimed at children, it explains how to catch and keep bugs - and what kind of behaviour the bugs will display. Even though we don't have a lot of the bugs mentioned (I am in the UK), it was still fascinating - and sent us into the garden to see what we could find. This one comes off the shelf a lot in the summer - and she now has a second book (More Pet Bugs) covering worms and caterpillars.
by William Gurstelle. This book takes hands-on to the extreme! It is full of instructions to make missile projectors - great projects that definitely require adult supervision.
by Millicent Ellis Selsam. One for the younger ones, this I Can Read book is about how Greg wants a Microscope - and what he can see when he gets one. It actually shows the children what things (like salt and sugar) look like under magnification. I think this would spark some great discussions - especially if you have access to a microscope.
More to come...