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There have been so many threads about science recently, and I feel like many homeschoolers don't have a clear understanding of the materials that are available. It especially takes newbies quite a bit of time to get their head around the options. So....I would like to organize a list of what is out there with a small blurb about the approach and what types of kids it would be good for. My thought is that each of us can write up what we have used, and I can organize it into a big list. So what I need: Is it a curriculum, experiment set, or book? Title plus a link A brief description If it is a complete or partial year course (if a curriculum) Level of material or what types of students would enjoy it If a student can use it independently If it includes tests If it includes the supplies needed for experiments Please note if the material has a christian, YE, or other important POV. If you are recommending books, I would like to restrict it to large books that cover an entire topic well, rather than short nonfiction books or biographies (there was just a thread on living books that I can make up a list from some other time). And feel free to add to someone else's write up. I can merge everyone's ideas at the end, put it out for editing, and then post a final copy (yes, all in my free time :tongue_smilie: - meaning this might take me a few weeks). I will start. :001_smile: Books (see note above about types of books): The New Way Things Work - Explains with wonderful diagrams how simple machines work. Covers gears, flight, sound, and magnetism. Late elementary to Logic Stage Physics Curricula: The Elements by McHenry - Focuses on atomic structure, basic bonding, and trends in the periodic table. Large focus on becoming familiar with the periodic table. Includes numerous games to memorize symbol names and facts about the elements. Includes links to good websites, easy experiments with everyday materials, and crafts just for fun. Can be used with either elementary or logic stage students. A 1/2 year course. Well, that should give you a feel for what I am after. Open to suggestions about how to make this list the most useful possible. Thanks for your help, Ruth in NZ WHAT NEEDS TO BE DESCRIBED: I THINK OTHERS WOULD LOVE TO KNOW HOW THESE CURRICULA DIFFER. WHY WOULD SOMEONE CHOOSE ONE OVER THE OTHER. WHAT ARE THEIR STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES. ETC. Ok, organizing the list posted by leeyeewah. I've decided to sort by Christian and Secular because in my experience on this board, most families want one or the other, so it would be nice to have the lists separated. Obviously, there will be some curricula that don't fit into categories well, but I am doing the best I can. So no flaming please. (** indicates that someone has reviewed it) Christian Curriculum A Reason for Science YE Abeka Science YE Alpha Omega Lifepac ScienceYE Ambleside Online BJU Press ScienceYE Christian Cottage Unit StudiesYE Christian Kids Explore ScienceYE Christian Light Education ScienceYE Exploring Creation with ____ (Apologia)YE Exploring God's Creation (Christian Liberty Press?)YE God's Design for ScienceYE Rainbow ScienceYE Real Science 4 Kids (RS4K) Rod & Staff ScienceYE Science Excursion Science for Young Catholics (Seton) Science Shepherd Sonlight Science Wonders of CreationYE Truth in ScienceYE Secular (will add links later) Aha! Science Beautiful Feet History of Science Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding (BFSU) Calvert **Classic Science/Mr. Q Science **Connect the Thoughts Core Knowledge Sequence CPO Science Delta Science In A Nutshell Discovery Education Science **Elemental Science Evan Moor Exploration Education Fascinating Education (Chemistry, Biology) Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS) Glencoe/McGraw-Hill Great Science Adventures Handbook of Nature Study Holt Science Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Science Intellego Unit Studies Janice vanCleave - multiple titles Junior Science K12 Science Lyrical Life Science Middle School Chemistry McRuffy Science **MSNucleus Singapore Science - My Pals are Here (MPH) Nancy Larson Science Noeo Oak Meadow Science Otter's Science Plato Science Pearson/Prentice Hall Science Explorer R.E.A.L Science Odyssey (RSO) Scott Foresman Science (Related to Pearson science?) Earlybird Science Secondary science education Singapore - Interactive Science Singapore - Science Matters So You Really Want to Learn Science (Galore Park) Spectrum of Science Supercharged Science **The Elements: Ingredients of the Universe The Story of Science Thinkwell Science TOPS Science
My science-nut 7yo would love for us to be more intentional about science, and I would like to map out a plan. Most likely a plan for earth science, astronomy, and physics. Not sure if this is a 2-year plan or what; I am flexible here. I own the 3rd ed. of TWTM and have read SWB's description on science in the grammar stage. I *think* this might be our best bet, since it is so customizable and we can follow rabbit trails if we desire. But how can I make it cohesive? How can I turn it from a concept into something that we actually accomplish? I've looked at Noeo Science and realy like what I've seen from the booklists and samples and methodology. BUT, I have concern about the reviews I've seen on the Young Scientist Club kits. It seems that if I opt out of doing the kits, I will need to figure out my own experiments from some source. Maybe a VanCleave book and fit some in somehow? Is it doable, or does Noeo really work best with the kit experiments? Would it be easier for me to get the TM and books and modify what they have already built vs. building my own thing from scratch? I've also looked at the Elemental Science samples. The 2nd ed. revisions look good. It isn't quite what I'm seeking (I think...maybe I ought to give it a go). I think I'd prefer to just read, narrate, and do the experiments rather than have my child do a bunch of paperwork. Maybe that would be easy to do if I just skipped the workbook and used the TM. Edited to add this part: I love the Beautiful Feet history of science book selections, and it looks like some experiments are within. Maybe I could use this as my base from which to tweak? So my ultimate question: What is your procedure for making your own curriculum? Do you follow TWTM method and start from scratch? Do you build on what others have done, tweaking it to fit your needs? If I make my own from scratch, is the method roughly: - Choose spines, maybe a science encyclopedia - Pull topics from those spines using the table of contents - Add in an experiment or 2 per week from experiment books (did you like Janice Van Cleave's books? they look really doable to me) - Add in other books on the topic. Maybe some video clips - Have child read and narrate - The end? Is it really that simple? Is there a method to the procedure to simplify things? I don't want to make this harder on myself than need be. Thank you for any perspective!