My son wants to work in the science industry when he grows up. Because of this, we make it a point to do an in-depth study of a scientist or invention every month. Other than giving him inspiration, the most profound effect that I can see is that these men and women teach my son to never give up. One characteristic that can be found in the personality and behavior of almost every successful scientist or inventor is perseverance.
College admission boards are now putting more emphasis on key traits like dedication and commitment, over grades and GPAs. They want more Thomas Edisons and Henry Fords.
My son has always felt a special connection to the brilliant Thomas Edison, as they are actually 6th cousins (a few times removed due to the generation gap.) We often use these Venn Diagrams that I created to compare and contrast two different scientists or even compare a scientist directly to my son. Click on the images to download the files.
We also use this scientist notebooking page from Jimmie at notebookingfairy.com
Some of our favorite books are pictured above, but the best one of all is DK’s Great Scientists. I only promote the best and DK Eyewitness books seriously are the best.
A colorful section on Galileo and the history of his telescope.
Oh look, cousin Tom!
Now this is why I say the DK Eyewitness books are the best of the best and everyone should have several of these on their bookshelf.
- Look at the selection of titles in the back of this book! Amazing.
- You can get them for around $13 each at Amazon.
- The recent titles, like this one, come with a clip art CD.
- They also include a poster.
- They are durable hardback.
- They are kid-friendly encyclopedias.
- They pack a ton of knowledge inside, but not in a textbook fashion.
Back to the resources in my intro photo above. Also pictured are:
- Invention (DK Eyewitness Books)
- Who Was Albert Einstein?
- Who Was Thomas Alva Edison?
- Who Was Leonardo da Vinci?
- Champions of Science
- Champions of Invention
- Men of Science, Men of God: Great Scientists Who Believed the Bible
- Archimedes and the Door of Science
- Professor Noggins: Inventions
- Brainstorm!: The Stories of Twenty American Kid Inventors
Another great resource are the books in the Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Inventors & Scientists series. My friend Erica from Confessions of a Homeschooler created a lapbook set to go along with these books.
Books not pictured because we either got them from the library or own the ebook versions.
- TOOLS OF THE ANCIENT ROMANS: A Kid’s Guide to the History & Science of Life in Ancient Rome
- TOOLS OF THE ANCIENT GREEKS: A Kid’s Guide to the History & Science of Life in Ancient Greece
- Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions: You Can Build Yourself
- Amazing BEN FRANKLIN Inventions: You Can Build Yourself
- The Kid Who Named Pluto: And the Stories of Other Extraordinary Young People in Science