I remember in school having to memorize sections of the periodic table. I remember thinking how boring it was. I also remember that I would memorize what I needed to know for the test, but would forget most of it, if not all of it, after the test was over.
As you know Young Man has one of those minds that loves to absorb facts. He digests information like most women digest chocolate, with much passion. Over the years I’ve watched as he applies his mind to study of various things and been amazed because he will recall those bits of information years later at seemingly random times. That’s how I know he’s fully applied his mind to learning and not simply memorize for a temporal purpose.
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The periodic table is designed to be a concise way of disseminating information in a very organized way. For my son, he’s taken to it like a duck takes to water. Still, it takes time to learn anything, especially something that has so much information contained in it. He being fascinated by it has made it easier, to be sure, but I still have to present the information to him in a way that isn’t mundane and boring.
10 Ideas for Studying the Periodic Table in Homeschool
2. Atomidoodle an educational game app available from Hero Factor Games
- Available for iPad at the iTunes Store for $1.99
- Available for Color Tiles Periodic Table Set on Google Play for $2
3. Peel & Play Periodic Table from Educents
5. Color Tiles Periodic Table Set available on Amazon
6. Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom a book by Theodore Gray
7. Photographic Card Deck of The Elements by Theodore Gray
8. Build their own wall display of the periodic table using Post-It Notes
Hand your child a stack of sticky notes, all the same size but a variety of colors similar to those found on a standard periodic table. Tell them to build a wall display. My Young Man wrote in the atomic number, the symbol and the name of each element.
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