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TOS Crew Review: AIMS Education Foundation; Primarily Magnets

on September 23, 2011

Vendor Name: AIMS Education Foundation

Vendor Contact: AIMS Contact Page

Name of Product: Primarily Magnets

Price: $18.95 for book and CD

Age Range: grades K-2

Other products available: Actions with Fractions, Bats Incredible, State Specific Science, Essential Math, and more!

This book is 85 pages long and is chock full of 19 experiments dealing with magnets and how they relate to real life in an engaging and hands-on way.  Children learn best when they can touch, see, feel and hear and this is what is so great about Primarily Magnets you, the teacher, read some material about magnets and explain the experiment.  After which the children get to do the activity on their own or in a group (depending on how many children you have) and then that learning experience is connected back to real life.

The AIMS (Activites Integrating Mathematics and Science) Education Foundation was started in 1981 through a grant from the National Science Foundation.  The intent of AIMS is to provide hands-on educational materials that teach children the fun of science and math and making sure that students get an understanding of what they are learning and be able to apply it.  The benchmarks and standards are outlined in the front of the book so that teachers and parents can get a glance of what the children will be learning from using the book.

Children will learn about the following areas in Primarily Magnets:

  • Attraction: Magnets Interacting with Other Materials
  • Attraction/Repulsion: Magnets Interacting with Other Magnets
  • Magnetic Fields
  • Everyday use of Magnets
  • Culminating Experiences
  • Assessment

While this is geared for grades K-2 it can easily be used for those in higher grades, like my 4th grader, who worked along side her K/1st and 2nd grade siblings.  Fun experiments using magnets and household items like paper clips, an empty soda can, and of course magnets.  One experiment is a discovery bottle and you’ll use an empty two liter bottle, gift package shreds, and some objects that are and are not attracted to magnets.  The recording sheet lets children write or draw what was attracted to the magnets during the experiment.  Another fun experiment was the magnet man, I had to find some iron filings, but they were easily and inexpensively obtained at a local teacher store.

The accompanying CD is great, especially if you are teaching more than one as you can make copies for each of you children, although copyright is only granted for 200 copies.  You will need Adobe to view and see the files on the disk and it makes it convenient and also saves the spine of the book from making multiple copies on a machine.

This was a fun way to add a little something extra to our school day and my 5 year old begged to do this every day.  I’d say each lesson took between 15 to 20 minutes from start to finish but I also was only teaching 3 students/children and the oldest was a lot of help.  If you want your children to do more than just learn – you want them to understand then AIMS Education Foundation is a great way to start doing that.

*If you’d like to see more reviews on more AIMS Education Foundation products then please visit The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew blog.

**I was provided a copy of this book/CD set from AIMS Education Foundation in exchange for my honest review, no other compensation was given.


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One response to “TOS Crew Review: AIMS Education Foundation; Primarily Magnets

  1. I’m glad to hear this can be adapted up for older children, I considered it, because my girls love magnets, but was afraid it would be too “young” for them, now maybe I’ll add it back to my want list.

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