Task Cards (see the sample card below) are topic-based cards that can be used with a variety of ages. Younger children will need some help with the tasks but, as they get older, they will be able to do the cards in a more independent manner. Each card in the various sets includes reading recommendations and various activities. You can see samples of the cards at the website.
|Chemistry Task Card|
The 30-card Chemistry set includes various topics such as:
- chemical reactions
- mixtures, solutions, suspensions, colloids
- molecular structure
- the elements and Periodic Table
- great scientists
Our thoughts: I think Task Cards are a wonderful way to get children to really engage in their learning - by giving them the tools needed to study topics for themselves. The Chemistry Task Cards are a nice overview of science but I feel that chemistry is one of those topics that needs more hands-on experiments and labs than these task cards provide. There are cards that recommend a lab experiment but they don't provide any ideas for experiments - the parent and student must find those on their own.
For the most part, the Chemistry Task Cards focus on the Periodic Table and a study of scientists. These two topics cover about 2/3 of the cards. The Periodic Table cards are fairly formulaic. What your child has for tasks about the halogens and noble gases will be the same tasks they will complete for the transition metals. The same goes for the scientist task cards - each card covers two scientists but the tasks are the same for all the cards. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, I just expected more variety across the cards. TJ and I used the scientist cards to read and learn more about different scientists. We read about Louis Pasteur and TJ is currently reading about Benjamin Franklin.
I love the idea of these cards and how they can foster independent learning. I think they would be especially useful for families with multiple children. There are many sets of cards for history and geography, science, art, music, and grammar that range in price from $18-$32 (with bundle options available for a higher price). The Chemistry task cards that we had the opportunity to review are $18. Members of the Homeschool Crew had the opportunity to review various Task Card sets. If you'd like to read those reviews be sure to head to the Crew blog!
Now for the fine print… I received this product free of charge in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.