Our science article for the week: Saturn and moons.

This week, a discovery was made about Saturn – it might (or might not) be gaining a new moon (or two). It wasn’t so much a discovery as it was a list of possibilities.

Here’s the link to the article we used: http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/04/15/saturn_cassini_may_have_photographed_the_birth_of_a_moon.html

I know we use science articles most of the time. Here’s why: There’s always one main point to a science article.

In an article about other issues, the children might need to have additional knowledge. But in science articles, the knowledge is all given up front. This is especially true in science articles written for non-scientists (which is what the Wired and Slate science articles are). Nicholas can read the whole article and understand it – from top to bottom. There are not too many odd science words, and there are not too many complex ideas.

Science articles are easy to grab one main point, three supporting points, and then make one sentence that describes the article. It’s why we use them.

We also use them because that’s what my child is interested in. It’s best, when doing reading and summarizing, that the child actually like what they are reading. Everyone remembers a book in school they struggled to get through; mainly because they weren’t interested. Therefore, we use things Nicholas is interested in as reading topics.

Makes sense for us.

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