A Bit of Historical Background on How Schools Work The first thing we teach kids when they start school is how school works — there is a teacher that is the oracle of knowledge and the students who must obey all the rules and memorize all of the materials that teachers deem important they memorize. […]
This pandemic is forcing us to rethink how to teach our kids. We can ignore this chance and allow millions of students to fall behind. Or we can embrace a different way forward. School co-ops is but one idea. There will be many other solutions. Supermarket Science Materials is but a one set of possible materials that gives parents and students a chance to control their educational needs. There will be others. We can embrace many of them at the same time — when freed from the bounds of school districts’ indicts, we can do amazing things with our kids. There are as many paths to becoming an educated adult as there are people. This period of chaos might give us the opportunity to try something new.
In brief, Supermarket Science is a collection of books designed to teach science, arts, and math in a fun and practical way to elementary school children. It draws on local resources, involves parents, and closely ties materials to Common Core Standards. There are sections written for educators — teachers and parents — and those aimed directly at students. These materials are fun and easy to use. All activities have been tested in real classrooms over a period of 6 years. Anecdotally, we learned that in California the 5th-grade science STAR scores were greatly improved after students went through the Supermarket Science program.