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Let’s Study Archimedes – C’mon, you know you want to!

Let’s Study Archimedes is part of the Back to Homeschool: Mind Over Matter blog series. This post has been provided by Shannan from Captivating Compass.

Does your family study ancient scientists? We all know we should, but sometimes it can be so overwhelming. I noticed last year when we were attempting to do an in-depth study on one of the great, ancient scientists (Archimedes) there was so much information! There were so many things to wade through to see if they would be a good fit for our family, our teaching style and our personal beliefs.  

I got pretty overwhelmed. 

But, like you, I’m not one it give up.

So, I dug in and found some great resources! I noticed along the way there was plenty of resources for littles explaining the simple concepts with cute cartoon-y videos – but they had no real challenge that middle schoolers and high schoolers need. There were also some very serious, extremely long, resources that I’m not sure any high schooler should be forced to use. Those were definitely going to be a tough sell around our house. 

In my quest to find what was a good fit four our family, I found some excellent resources for the upper elementary through high school age group that are engaging and really explain the concepts Archimedes was working on. So much of what he introduced to science is all around us. We don’t even realize how much. Nowadays, what he took the time to explain (we call it discovered, now) we actually take for granted in our everyday lives. Here are a few examples:

  • That door wedge that holds the door open – Archimedes explained it.
  • The fine points of who will be the best teeter-totter partner – Archimedes has all the pro tips on that one!
  • The overflowing dish sink when you put the dishes into the water and the water splashes everywhere. – Yep,  Archimedes can tell you why.
  • And… have you ever thought about Noah’s Ark & Archimedes at the same time? Mind-blowing – Just sayin’.

Let’s Study Archimedes: Beyond “Eureka!”

Anyhow, I put all the really good, not boring, resources into an online unit study for you to use. You can learn more about it and even try a free sample lesson to make sure it’s a good fit for your family! Come on over and check out the Let’s Study Archimedes: Beyond “Eureka!” online unit study.

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Shannan is a wife, mum, and saved by grace, child of The King. Her home base is in Scotland, where she homeschools her two kids (age 10 & 14) and learns on location throughout Europe as much as possible. She encourages you to pursue your God-breathed dream, no matter what it is! You can join her at Captivating Compass for homeschool and family travel inspiration.




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