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Friday’s Homeschool Feature – Science Jim February 19, 2010

Filed under: Homeschooling — Melissa @ 7:37 pm

I’m very pleased to link up with Mandy this week for her Friday’s Homeschool Feature!! Thanks for doing this, Mandy. I look forward to see what other homeschool features get posted.

This past week Samantha and Matthew participated in an online science class.

Science Jim has series of classes that are held weekly for $5 per week (or so). These particular ones are $5 per week. I found out about these classes and signed up through CurrClick Curriculum.

This current series is based on what is happening in the Winter Olympics. The first week was gravity and this week was on speed. I think next week is friction. You can jump in for any week though. Science Jim uses DimDim for his classes. You can see him on the bottom left here. In the middle is where he shows pictures and other media for the class.

On the right is a chat box where students can ask questions and also answer his questions. Out of 5, I rate this class a 4. It started out slow but got very interesting. The kids enjoyed his real-life experiments that he was doing. Plus he gave them ideas of experiments to try themselves (which Matthew did do with his Legos).

Another reason to mark it less than 5 is because of the chat feature. It is wonderful that the kids can ask questions and he can answer them right away. However, even though Science Jim reminded the children to not “goof off” or “get silly” in the chat box, many students still did. This is distracting to others that are watching as the chat box keeps moving. Plus Science Jim is trying to keep an eye on the chat box so that he can answer questions. I was disappointed that so many children – homeschooled children! – were doing that.

All in all, it was great…something different to do in their week…and something to look forward to each week. We’ll be finishing this series out for sure.


7 Responses to “Friday’s Homeschool Feature – Science Jim”

  1. Mandy Says:

    That looks like an incredible resource. Too bad about the chat box. I think the boys would really enjoy this. I’m going to look into it.

  2. Sharon Says:

    Sounds interesting. Science is my weak area. How disappointing about the chat box.

  3. Kelly Says:

    It looks like a great resource. I don’t think it would work for us, not sure I want to spend the five bucks to find out. Jerald would likely have a very difficult time paying attention with the scrolling chat thingy on one side and the screen/teaching on the other.

    • Melissa Says:

      You can close the chat. We did close it but for some reason it would come back open about 60 seconds later. I didn’t take the time to figure out how to make it stay closed.

      • Kelly Says:

        Thanks, I’m going to look into it in a bit and might try it this week. We have a crazy week and Kev will be gone a lot more than usual so it might be something good to “change up” things a little. If Jay can’t focus, he can just quit and I’ll let R and M finish it.

  4. Found you through Mom Blogs, it’s always nice to meet more Marine wives and is very possible our next station could be 29 Palms…how do you like it? Following your RSS feed πŸ™‚

  5. Carla Says:


    You’ve inspired me to start blogging again πŸ™‚ Thanks so much! I’m going to try to be faithful!

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