Topic | Physical Science living books: bios, etc.

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    We will begin this study in Aug. and I’d like to gather a few books for my ds to read throughout the year.  He’s not a fast/strong reader but does enjoy reading outside of the text so I was thinking one extra living book per term OR one per semester (which would be just 2).  He may not be able to handle more than that and one may need to be an audio book.

    Also, I have on my list some programs he can watch for fun like: Mythbusters, but I don’t know about anything else that would be for this science text.  He likes to watch Brain Games, Sci…something on youtube, but I’d like some programs that compliment the modules, not just randomly hit a topic.

    Any suggestions??

    Thank you in advance.



    What about The Sciences by Holden? It’s a Yesterday’s Classics book.

    Also, AO has a series of books

    Secrets of the Universe: Discovering the Universal Laws of Science by Paul Fleisher; republished as five separate books:

    Liquids and Gases: Principles of Fluid Mechanics (purchase)

    Objects in Motion: Principles of Classical Mechanics (purchase)

    Waves: Principles of Light, Electricity, and Magnetism (purchase)

    Matter and Energy: Principles of Matter and Thermodynamics (purchase)

    Relativity and Quantum Mechanics: Principles of Modern Physics (purchase); see help in corresponding the books here. Hover for more information here


    Wow!!  Thank you, Rachel.  I will look into these asap.

    Any other programs or dvd series that I can use for this besides what I’m already familiar with??  We have netflix and could probably purchase a dvd or audio book.

    Thanks so much!

    Participant  I’ve been poking around in here for ideas. She has lots of book lists in the various subjects.

    I have been eyeballing that Secrets of the Universe set for a couple of months. I think it might work for us.


    You might look at the Apologia Physical Science TOC here:

    That might give you an idea for looking up videos.

    Suggestions for living books that fit into Physical Science categories are found here:

    They include bios on Bell, Edison, and Newton.

    You will find many more biographies here:

    They are available on audio CDs here:

    These can be used to help increase reading skills when reading along in the book while listening to the audio.

    To keep costs down, you might check Homeschool Classifieds for used sets.




    May I also recommend the bio of N. Tesla on PBS? It’s a must to balance out an Edison bio.


    Thanks, Rachel! I really appreciate everyone’s replies. This is very helpful.


    Exploration education and add scientist and inventor biographies.

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