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  1. I love the idea of using interactive notebooks, especially for science. I also have found that my kids like BFSU books the best out of what we've tried. SO............. does anyone have any experience combining the two? Any tips? Thanks in advance!!
  2. I recently heard about Mystery Science (K-8 online science curriculum) on another thread. It was compared favorably to BFSU. Has anyone used this? Care to share a detailed review? What I like about it on first glance: it uses inquiry questions (mysteries) as the introduction to a topic; the computer doesn't teach the lesson, the teacher does; it includes high-quality videos, discussion questions, a hands-on activity, and additional reading on the topic all right in the lesson- no need to search out a BrainPop video, look up an 'experiment', or search out age-appropriate explanations of co
  3. If there are other BFSU "graduates" out there, please chime in, but I wanted to let everyone know how my kids have done since BFSU. My 2 dds were doing BFSU together. We did all 3 volumes, and we finished last spring. We spent the summer doing the thought experiments in Thinking Physics by Lewis Carroll Epstein for fun. Now my older daughter is a freshman and taking AP Chemistry from PA Homschoolers. My younger daughter in 7th grade is taking the Well Trained Mind Academy high school biology course. Both have transitioned to their upper level science classes smoothly and feel the
  4. My dd12 is finished with BFSU3, and I need 2 more years of science for the rest of middle school. DD picks up science concepts quickly and is just starting geometry and is very solid on algebra. I'd like to do some pre-AP level physics or chemistry or biology. We are finishing up the year using Thinking Physics by Lewis Carroll Epstein, and will probably continue with his Relativity Visualized this summer. My questions for 7th and 8th grade science: What subjects? What secular curriculum for a slightly accelerated science student? What else that's out of the box shoul
  5. I'm doing planning for next year and was trying to think about how I can make BFSU more user friendly, and I was wondering if there was a kit anywhere out there? Volume 1 if it matters. Also, any advice on making BFSU more streamlined? I found the list of all items needed for each lesson which is helpful and plan on doing as much in advance as possible, like making various notecards and gathering items. Any other advice for a BFSU newbie?
  6. I am looking for an order for this-I don't really "get" his flowchart LOL.... I know there are lots of sequences out there for Vol. 1 but haven't seen any for Vol. 2......
  7. I have a rising first, fourth, and sixth grader next year - which conveniently places them in BFSU vol 1, 2, and 3. I own vol 1, but don't have a way to look at the other 2 before purchasing. Is the material covered in the last 2 books different, or would it be possible to work off of Vol 1 (or 2) and scale the reading for the other kids? My main concern isn't really cost as the books aren't terribly expensive; I just would rather not be planning entirely separate science for each kid. We struggle just to get science 'done' already!
  8. We just finished the biological sciences thread and are about to return to the chemistry thread, acids/bases. I think so far it's been generally good. I like the reproduction part...from meiosis to ecosystem populations. Maybe I didn't execute correctly, but I felt a great deal of time was spent on viruses, but not a comparable amount of time on bacteria. Since vaccines were grouped with viruses, I felt like I had to sneak in the fact that there are these things called "bacteria" and some vaccines help with bacterial diseases, too. I also feel the lack of a textbook for the
  9. Just thought I'd share in case anyone else found this helpful--I have two girls 1.5 years apart, and had originally planned to wait until my younger dd was old enough to do it with us before starting BFSU with my oldest so I could keep them together for science. I've since scrapped that plan, because my oldest is such a science lover that I don't want to slow her down to her little sister's pace. However, as I was feeling overwhelmed at the thought of potentially doing BFSU at three or four different places with different kids simultaneously, it occurred to me that it didn't have to be
  10. My 4yo DS (turning 5 in November) will be attending a Montessori preschool 5 half-days a week in the fall. I'm planning to let the school handle reading and math progression (except playing RS Math Card Games and doing some AAS), but I'd like to afterschool history, art/music, and science. I pretty much have a good idea of what I want to do with history (SotW) and art (Drawing with Children), but I'm having trouble with planning something for science. I very much like the idea of following WTM's science progression and studying biology, anatomy, and botany this year, but it feels like the
  11. I am curious if anyone here pairs BFSU and RSO...? I plan to use BFSU as a framework and to ensure we hit the important points but pairing our lessons with RSO. Since BFSU is so planning intensive I feel like RSO will help us to stay on track especially during times when I do not have time to request library books, have materials, and pre-read the BFSU lesson. Thoughts?
  12. My 4th, 2nd, and K kids are wrapping up BFSU this year. We LOVED it (yes, it was a beat down to prep all year, but I was thrilled with how well the kids did with it.). I considered it pretty high level thinking for the K and 2nd grader. So I would love feedback from anyone who has completed year 2....would you recommend it for a 1st and 3rd grader, or will it be over their heads? They are both very interested in science, but are at or slightly above grade level. Thanks!
  13. I'm using (and loving) BFSU vol 1 with my eldest child. I was realizing that for the 2014-2015 school year (when my son is in his last year of vol 1), my older daughter will be starting Kindergarten. I know that I can't just fold her into where her brother is currently at, as she hasn't sat in on very many of the topics we've covered. And then I have at least one more child after that--which would lead to me having to teach at three different levels, sometimes in all three of the volumes, at a time! So how does one teach BFSU to multiple children who are all at different levels?
  14. How many and which threads did you cover in your kindergarten year?
  15. Are there any all-in-one kits or other science programs that would go well with BFSU for K/1st grade?
  16. Anyone use these together? We are using BFSU and love it. I'm drooling over all things BF, the History of Science looks especially good. I would use it as a supplement throughout elementary not as a 1 year course. Anyone want to talk me out of it or encourage me to go with it?
  17. I think I came up with a (maybe) really useful idea for all of us BFSU (Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding) users -- I created a Pinterest board for each thread, plus a "general resources" board, that I hope many users will collaborate on to find pins that relate to the BFSU lessons. I find one of the big weaknesses of BFSU to be the lack of printables and the fact that there are no visual aids at all that come with the curriculum. I thought if various users add to the pinboards with the lesson code (C-7, D-8 etc) in the Pin description, it would be so helpful for everyone!
  18. Hunter posted this recently on K-8, and said I could copy it here. It's a template that provides guidance for a science experiment or project, and could easily be used to give some writing/research structure to inquiry work. I adore it b/c it starts with observations, not hypotheses. I don't imagine many folks are finding themselves in need of this right this moment, but wanted to get it out in the WTM cloud. Please add any tags that seem useful so it's search-friendly, if you think of any.
  19. Does anyone have any experience doing this?? if not experience, then good ideas how I can do it?? I want to combine my three (will be K, 2nd, 5th) for science as much as possible. Oldest used BFSU in K, then we were in public school and back to HS last year. I tried another curriculum, which I liked but required too much writing and not enough "thinking" - so we are back to using BFSU this fall. BUT, I want to move oldest into BFSU II and allow 2nd grader to join when interested. I don't have a copy of II yet. So, I have this nebulous idea about working the curriculum in tandem - m
  20. I'm getting ready for next year (at least philosophically speaking :)), and I came upon the idea to combine ds9 and dd5 at least in a few subjects, such as Picture Study, Composer Study, Nature Study, and Science (we call it Natural Science here for fun). However, ds is going to be using BFSU 2, and dd BFSU 1. I know some subjects are similar, and the lessons build upon each other, but has anyone already correlated the two? TIA!
  21. I am not a conservative Christian, don't embrace a literal 6-24 hr day-creation, and am not easily offended by a secular POV. But. I got BFSU today. I skimmed the first couple of chapters and am (almost) speechless by what I read: In the section "Baloney Detection Kit" he writes: "2. Every effect has a rational cause. This concept is so embedded in adult thinking that it needs little supporting argument. We automatically assume that there must be a rational cause for a crash, a fire, a disease. But emphasis should be placed on the word rational. Rational cause means that is
  22. I found out about Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding through this WTM forum and am wondering if there is anyone out there who tried it and didn't like it. If so, what didn't you like? My reason for asking: as I did for spelling, when I wasn't finding anything for science that taught the material in the kind of step-by-step logical fashion that I was looking for (a lot seem to use a more shot-gun approach without a very deep exploration of the science behind the experiments), I developed my own materials (with the help of my dh, the scientist). I used them in our co-op with
  23. I am so confused with science. I think part of the reason is that I have a degree in science and I currently teach science. I just want a good, solid, challenging program for my future K'er and 2nd grader. I have looked at Noeo, RS4K, Mr. Q., BFSU, and Singapore Earlybird. I just haven't been able decide which direction to go. I've also thought about putting something together to go along with SOTW 1, such as a study of scientists, inventions, and scientific discoveries of ancient times. Any insight or advice from those of you who have been doing this for a while would be greatly apprecia
  24. Hi, Ok, I am on a search for the right science for us. I will end up with lots of threads started asking about each of my choices. I really wanna get this right the first time. :001_smile: I have read that BFSU requires a lot of planning. Is this correct? Can you give me a basic idea of how you pull it together? I don't have time to go to the library several times a week. I really would like to limit that to once every two weeks. I have used Konos which required lots of planning. I am a bit too busy and had to drop it for something better laid out. I am just trying to figure out how the book
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