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  1. i've been struggling for over 2 weeks on the matter of science for DS starting 1st grade (and making sure it's accessible for DD 4.5 to follow along as she pleases .... ) so far, this is my comprehensive list of options, given the following criteria: -i want WTM: straight up Life science (biology). -i want to do this order: animal-human body-plants, ideally -i want it to be do-able in 2-3 hours each week. -i want it to be charlotte mason-esque, with notebooking and using read alouds for further investigation .... rookie read about, let's find out, etc] -i'd like the projects and experiments to be simple. -i want to whet his (and her) appetite for biology so that when we return to it in logic, he's brimming with excitement to dive deeper. -i want nature study/nature walk time allotted or encouraged/prompted. -i'd like to start off with the "classification" of things ... a ground up approach, although maybe this is asking for the moon. -i want to grow a frog. [we will even if this isn't a part of the curriculum proper] -i'm not sure whether i like the idea of studying the animals in context of their habitats or more by family/ classification. hmmmm. ok. so here's the list of curriculum options: -Answers in Genesis: God's Design for Life. doesn't meet the criteria for order of subjects. very NOT charlotte mason. wordy for a 1st and pre-k. -NOEO: don't want to start with weather. leaves only 3 weeks for plants at end. could i skip the weather at the beginning and break in at creepy crawlies? -Elemental: the activity books are unavailable to me. our library doesn't have the selection of Janice VanCleave's texts. where can i find them online? if there were alternative activity books i could use for animals and human body, i'd adapt it to fit my green thumbs guide (which i own already). i think .... it seems a little bit too intense with a schedule for five days of science each week. could it be chunked? -the free program that's buzzing around right now. doesn't seem like it's a good fit for us. can't put my finger on it. -WP: none of these align with the WTM biology ... too much piecing together for me right now. -RS4K: prelevel is only plants, protozoa, butterflies. level 1 would be too advanced, right? -REAL science odyssey: seems like a complicated list of specific equipment. the order is body, animals, plants, which would be ok with me, since the plants still end up in the spring. like that it starts with classification. like that notebooking is built in. the text is short, sweet, and to the point. but of course it doesn't use spines, so it's all "distilled" info .... or am i seeing this incorrectly. do you read from a spine and then the "short & sweet" lesson page goes into the child's notebook as a way of hitting the highlights from what you talked about. there's no narration or critical thinking other than the lab pages. that's not notebooking, IMHO. or at least in my mind that's not what i picture notebooking being. -Apologia: young explorer's: i was advised at our homeschool fair that this was beyond the level of 1st grade. so i've never even considered it. it's listed, though as K-6. it would be lovely to have something self-contained and with beautiful pictures. seems like there's an awful lot to cover with there being so many books: botany, zoology1, 2, and 3 .... plus no human body. please don't tell me i've forgotten any! :tongue_smilie: UNLESS you know of one that fits the bill on EVERYTHING!!! science, while highly interesting to me, isn't my forte for being able to pull together on my own .... so i'd really like to have a curriculum to follow and not just piece it together acc. to WTM. that feels scary to me. correct my evaluation of any of the above listed curricula as you see flaws/mistakes! i hope this can be a help to others who are struggling to land on a science for the lower grammar. and now, if you're not asleep from this boring list of mine, feel free to offer feedback! :) i'm all ears!:bigear:
  2. My dd is going into 2nd grade in the fall and all I have planned for science is the Klutz book of science activities and several books recommended by Sonlight (like Magic Schoolbus and a couple on specific scientists). We're going to be doing some activities in history, and I just didn't think I could handle science experiements at this point. We will be having a new baby this fall, along with a toddler, an infant and a preschooler. I'm not really a "gather supplies together and do a craft/experiment" kind of person anyway, and I'm guessing there has to be a lot of that in science. Do you think science experiments are necessary in lower elementary? If so, what science do you do with your younger kiddos?
  3. I had Black Ships Before Troy picked out, but now I am not so sure. Of course, I have some ideas but I wanted to see if I could narrow it down some without reading them all to DD. ;) I love Green's Tales from Ancient Egypt, so his version is definitely in the running. So... what was your favorite and why? TIA!
  4. I'm planning to follow TWTMs science progression this coming year, starting my ds in first grade and doing animals, human biology, then plants, as recommended (in the OLD version!!:)). The concern I have is about the first 20 wks of animal studies we are planning to do--my ds loves animals, and I have read him books about various types of animals for years now--we've pretty much read the entire library section on animals. So, I wonder if 20 more weeks of reading about animals and doing narration pages is going to hold his attention and/or serve much purpose. What have you done to enliven the animal study weeks of 1st grade? (we already do nature study and plan to continue it) Do you have a great resource for projects, experiments etc? I want to do butterflies and frogs in the spring and watch them change, but after that, I'm fresh out of fun ideas... Thanks!
  5. First off I am a newbie (so be gentle ;)) so hello to everyone! A friend sent me TWTM about 3 years ago and I fell in love. I did "shop around" for other curriculum ideas and view our supposed style (yet to be really established) as eclectic. Anywho after these few years of reading TWTM and thinking on our family's curriculum the time has come for my oldest to start first grade and I am feeling overwhelmed and lost. I don't want to do too much and I don't want to do too little. Besides that I'm not sure what I want to do with regards to Math and Science. Here are my thoughts so far for first grade. Please let me know what you think! (please keep in mind we are on a tight budget) History: SOTW1 w/AG Story books to go along with The Ancients (Aesop's Fabels, Greek/Roman/Egyptian myths for kids, etc) LA: First Language Lessons Explore the Code The Ordinary Parent's Guide To Teaching Reading *continued from use now* Math: ??? Science: ???- I would like to find something about the human body and basic nature study. Nothing too complex. Litterature: We do a lot of reading together (me and all of the kiddos). This year on our list of books is: The Secret Garden, The Little Princess, The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Heidi, etc and any books we didn't get to from this year's wish list (Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass to name two)
  6. I'm using the DP Encyclopedia as my spine, and it has a page for the Babylonians, a half page each for the Minoans and Mycenaeans, but only three pages each for Greece, Rome, Egypt. I'm figuring a week each on the littler ones and more time on the big ones, but how much more time? Thanks.
  7. We like Shel Silverstein and Dr. Suess. :) We don't like Mother Goose Rhymes, A Child's Garden of Verses, or While we were young (by the Winnie the Pooh author) So give me some suggestions. Samples of a poem would be great. Public Domain books would be wonderful. Thank you!!
  8. I'm wondering about a general, easy peasy, relaxed program to cover some of the basics/ high points of American history with my daughter who will be six in November. (She's reading mid 2nd grade level approximately.) I don't want a big to-do curriculum like Winter Promise's, although it looks awesome. I just want to cover some cultural knowledge and give her an introduction to history in a way that will whet the appetite but be accessible and understandable. We're not super into crafts, although if there were some awesome hands on activities, we could do a few. (But not mindless coloring or anything fancy every week.) Religious is fine, but I would prefer it not be too hard core. Anyone have suggestions?
  9. What is your favorite science curriculum for a 1st grader? I'm leaning toward R.E.A.L Science - Life by Pandia Press www.pandiapress.com I also think NOEO would be a great fit too, but it's kind of pricey. Any other ideas are welcome too! :) Thanks for your input!
  10. What are some of your favorite, can't miss, resources and books for studying the human body? I really like books that have simple activities or projects that correlate with the topic, and of course, great pictures. I don't want a curriculum, just books that I can likely find at my library. Our libraries are great and have lots of books to choice from - almost too many (and too many library locations) to browse them all. I was hoping you could narrow down my search a bit. Thanks, Gwen
  11. My DS is starting 1st grade in Sept and I was wondering what some of you out there are using for curriculum or if you are not using curriculum, what are you doing? I would appreciate any suggestions!
  12. I'm letting DS drive our curriculum more and more as he gets excited about things. We're still doing a spine of chronological history, but now we follow also whatever rabbit trails get DS excited. There's also the fact that, honestly, K-6 reading for the ancients is pretty pitiful compared to the 17th century to present. To compensate, I'm doing explicit timeline activities to place everything in context. Anyone else a classical schooling dropout? ;-)
  13. What are you using/planning to use? My ds is finishing the LLATL Blue book soon and is also about half-way through ETC book 3. I am just kind of dangling on where to go from here. I won't stop ETC because it does work so well for him. But what should I use with it? I am not sure I want to continue with LLATL much past the red book...but is it even worth it to use the red book if I am pretty sure I won't stick with the program? I looked at CLE and my oldest is in the process of switching to it, but I feel like my ds5 is between levels in it. Is there anything great and wonderful to follow LLATL Blue but not overwhelm (or underwhelm either, for that matter)...
  14. I've been doing a lot of planning for 1st grade this fall. K takes us about 1-1.5 hours a day. I know 1st will take longer. About how long does 1st take for you/your dc? I have to plan some of our day around ds taking a nap and I'm wondering how much we can plan to get done while he sleeps.
  15. I'm starting to think of next year, and I'm pretty sure I want to start ds in Hebrew next year. My dh has been teaching himself some, so I have the teacher, just need the curriculum. Anyone have any suggestions? I would prefer to go with Biblical Hebrew versus modern Hebrew, but I figure it will probably be harder to find. And since they are similar, I'll take what I can get. I'm still very much in the planning stages, just would like to get a list going now so I have plenty of time to research. Thanks!
  16. One without an older sibling. So, there's no history/science/music/art "by absorption", or "when they feel like sitting in." I want to simplify for next year, before I purchase much. But, everything is so worthwhile. Even Ambleside has a lot to it, by the time you do foreign language, picture study, hymn study, folk song study, classical music study, etc...... I have SOTW 1 + AG and it looks like fun. So does science. And art. And music. And Spanish. etc. etc. etc. But, we just don't have time for all that. Plus grammar. Plus writing. Plus 2 math programs. Plus my youngest child..... How do you include other "stuff" without getting overwhelmed? And I need to do this "stuff" during the school day. Our family life just doesn't revolve around classical music concerts or historical re-inactments.
  17. Any suggestions for geography for 1st grade will be greatly appreciated!
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