5 Fun Physics Phenomena
“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.” Albert Einstein
I am teaching physics to my 6th and 8th grader this year. I found a way to teach both at the same time and goodness knows, saving time, saves our sanity. They work on most of their other classes on their own and they seem to enjoy working together every once in a while. I am using The Charlotte Mason method in our approach as much as possible. In other words, applying [physics] to our everyday life and learning while we experience it. I have a few books that I use for guides and yes, I have a list of everything that I want them to learn this year, but we are pretty much winging it. I have found a few videos (from Veritasium) to introduce a little bit of what physics is about before we got started on book work and to get the kids excited about learning. Instead of it being a chore to learn, watching these fun videos sparked their excitement and quickly put physics on top of the ‘favorite subjects’ list.
5 Fun Physics Phenomena Explained
After we watched the 1st video, I had the kids discuss how these things might happen. It was fun to watch their eyes glowing with excitement as they went back and forth in discussion. Before the video, they had no idea of what physics really entailed but after, I could see their minds teaming with ideas and possibilities. They weren’t aware that there was another video to explain the phenomena. My son almost jump out of his skin with excitement when I told him that we get to learn the answers right away rather than figuring them out on our own. To top it off, he started looking into more videos after his school work was finished. The kid just can’t get enough. Seriously, if learning is fun, he is involved!
Why is physics important for kids to learn?
The discovery of physics has changed our lives forever and literally affects everyone and almost everything! There are thousands of ways that physics helps us live better lives, from machines to medicine. Physicists try to understand what matter is and why it behaves the way that it does. Goodness knows, I’m not a physicist so I will spare you all great detail and just give you a brief summary. When you throw a ball, there is physics involved. Professional ball players know all too well that you need to have the right amount of force for the distance that you are planning on throwing the ball. Whether they know it or not, they are using Newton’s 2nd Law of Motion. Acceleration is equal to the force (how hard you throw the ball) divided by the mass (how big the ball is). F=ma. We aren’t learning the math of physics in depth this year, but we will be getting familiar with the concepts of it. It sounds complicated but this is cool stuff!!
I am trying to contain my excitement, but I am soo looking forward to building a few of Archimedes’ machines! I mean… I am excited to watch the kids build his machines… oops 😉
I would love to hear how other families incorporate physics into their schooling. Send me an email with your story or let me know in the comments below. With your permission, I might share it in one of my round up posts!