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  1. 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
  2. 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!
  3. We haven't picked out any Science yet and I don't know where to start. I haven't covered any Science with my 8 yr old since the first 2 years were spent focusing on speech/hearing troubles and learning to read. My 11 yr old did science online but we never did the science projects so she has a bare bones science education. I plan to do science with them both together but really don't know where to start or what to use. Any suggestions?
  4. DS is an avid reader and knows plenty of science this way. He's into the Horrible Science series, a bunch of other similar looking ones that we found at the bookstore, DK books, and science magazines that have come our way. I have to admit that I've had bouts of industry and inspiration with regard to experiments, followed by long periods of inertia, and these are catered very much to the interest of the day/week. He's very math and science oriented and has picked up a lot by observing and experimenting on his own. But he has gaps because we've never actually done any grade based curriculum. Going through one now will be largely repetition however. I've read through the archives and see the logic of eventually starting on highschool/college type texts. But I can't help wondering- will he be missing out on the fun pick-and-shovel, hands on experiments that the elementary curriculums promote? Is there a good curriculum to provide this intermediate bridging? I was looking at Science Fusion (it's on sale at HSBC). How is this working for the families using it? Is it fun at the grade 6-8 levels? The attraction for me is that it appears quite hands-off :). Any other recommendations will be appreciated :). BTW, he just started on Derek Owen's Physical Science course and is loving it.
  5. My son is a freshman in HS at a STEM school, very smart, but prefers to work at his own pace. Currently takes college biology, engineering, advanced algebra plus core courses. I'm thinking a homeschool might suit his learning style better, but which one?? I've heard great things about Keystone, but I don't even know where to start to research! For obvious reasons, an advanced science/math curriculum is a must. Please help!!
  6. This is just something I've been pondering. We discuss history programs endlessly on here, but science threads typically go down the path of "just do nature studies and follow interests". I'm not saying that's a bad thing... it's just interesting to me that no one would ever suggest that in terms of studying history. Instead, almost everyone on here advocates some systematic approach to studying history. Another example... my elementary school taught no formal grammar. Their belief was that students intuitively grasp correct grammar in their first language. You don't need to be explicitly taught when to use were/was... one will sound right. I think overall their approach worked. I believe my sentence structure is decently good most of the time. However, most on here advocate lots of grammar starting early with six year olds learning definitions of nouns. I guess I'm just wondering what sets science apart? Why is their not more of an emphasis on a systematic study of science? Is it just that most people on here don't like discussing science as much as math or history? Is it because classical education doesn't emphasize it as much? Is it because interest led approach to science really works the best? Or have we just not figured out another ideal way to teach it? I really love science. I want to pass that on to my kids. I want them to know early on how complex the world is and how to try and understand it. I'd just like to know exactly how to do that!
  7. The folks over in the General Board have been incredibly helpful in getting me started towards developing a strong science curriculum, and they suggested that I move the conversation over here, where it really belongs. First, I am not here to advertise or to promote my site. I know that quite a few of you already watch the videos, etc., and I am hoping to pick your brains in order to make the site more useful for the homeschool community. I am trying to get a feel for what you need from a science curriculum. Would you rather have one website that had everything? Or would you rather use one or more books as a spine, and then have videos, experiments, etc. keyed to those? How do you feel about broad spectrum units, where students at different grade levels can study the same subject at the same time? What do you like most about the curriculum you are using now? What do you dislike most about that curriculum? I know that there have been past threads on what the perfect science curriculum would be, and I have been digging through those, but nothing beats real interaction, so I am all ears! :bigear: Let me know what you really want.
  8. I am having nightmares about it... But during my research I came up with rather comprehensive listing... http://www.homeschooldiner.com/subjects/science/curriculum.html
  9. http://www.intellegounitstudies.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=1_9&zenid=e8721a27058bfe5d802f182fc6a69903 It is apparently completely secular. I found it refreshing to see a unity study on evolution for the K-2 crowd. :tongue_smilie: I just bought the Earth and Space K-2 unit through Currclick for $14.95 so if it is a complete bust I won't feel too badly about it b/c the cost is low. It appears that they encourage NOT printing out the entire PDF but only printing the pages that are needed for writing and projects. I've been through the entire PDF and all links are active and look excellent and I like that the projects look to be effective without requiring bizarre materials. I will supplement with books from the library but this looks like a nice hands on and "extras" guide for me. With the holidays coming up I just don't have time to pull together resources as I've been doing for our science units (we've been following CK) so this looks do-able. I've scanned using search here and I've not found too much there which is why I am posting. Has anyone here used these units before? There are definitely some interesting unit topics, especially for older students.
  10. I'm trying Task Cards this year for Earth and Space. I'm doing it with a 7th and 4th grader and tagalong Kindy and preschooler. I have to say I'm really pleased. I was afraid it wouldn't be enough for my 7th grader- but she's doing formal reports, and more careful research. We are watching March of the Penguins as a bonus- for the section on icebergs. It's all meshing wonderfully (quite accidentally) with this year's study of geography. We never watch videos for school- so the kids are feeling like we are having a party:)
  11. What science programs are there for logic stage? We tried Science Explorer this year and it bombed majorly.
  12. I have been searching and searching for a science curriculum for my 12 yo son for this coming year and am coming up blank. We used K12 independently for 2 years and he really liked the online, interactive aspect of it, but honestly we just couldn't afford it any longer. This past year we used Apologia and while I really liked it, my son was bored to death. Can you help me figure out what would be a good fit? I have looked at Pearson's Interactive Science and that appeals to us, but I can''t figure out if that is something that is available to homeschoolers or just schools. Also not sure how the cost would work out, since it looks like it would be several books each year. While something online or DVD might be better, we basically just need something fun and engaging. I am down to the wire here and completely burned out and even more confused from looking around. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer. If you have any questions, ask away! :)
  13. I'm thinking about changing our science plans and it would be very useful to have a list of all science curriculua. Is there already one out there? If not, can you help me make one? I'm not fussy about what is a curriculum and what isn't; if you think something belongs on the list, put it on! Also, it would be helpful to write the name of the curriculum and not use abbreviations. I'll start: K-8 Science YE = Young Earth, S = Secular, N = Neutral A Reason for Science (YE) Abeka Science (YE) Aha! Science Alpha Omega Science (YE) Ambelside Online Beautiful Feet History of Science BJU Press Science (YE) Calvert Christian Cottage Unit Studies (YE) Christian Kids Explore Science (YE) Christian Light Education Science (YE) Classic Science CPO Science (S) Delta Science Discovery Education Science (S) Earlybird Science (S) Elemental Science Exploration Education Exploring Creation with ____ (Apologia) (YE) Exploring God's Creation (YE) Fascinating Education GEMS Glencoe (S) God's Creation Series (YE) God's Design for Science (YE) Great Science Adventures Handbook of Nature Study Holt Science (S) Houghton Mifflin Science (S) Intellego Unit Studies (S) Junior Science (S) K12 Science (S) Lyrical Life Science Middle School Chemistry (S) McRuffy Science MSNucleus My Pals are Here (S) Nancy Larson Science Noeo (N) Oak Meadow Science Plato Science (S) Prentice Hall Science Explorer (S) Rainbow Science (YE) Real Science 4 Kids (N) R.E.A.L Science Odyssey (S) Rod & Staff Science (YE) Science Excursion Science for Young Catholics Science Shepherd Scott Foresman Science Signs & Seasons Sonlight Science So You Really Want to Learn Science (S) Spectrum Science (S) Supercharged Science The Elements: Ingredients of the Universe The Story of Science (S) The World of ____ TOPS Science Truth in Science (YE) Winterpromise Science (YE) Wonders of Creation (YE)
  14. I was reading this mega thread on science curriculum from a while back. The section on lab reports especially got me thinking. I'm now wondering what are my goals for science for 7th and 8th grade? It seems like the general intro phase of the grammar stage is well behind me. My kids will grab science books and consume them willy nilly. It is honestly hard to keep up. I'm not sure that starting high school level science is the right choice for a couple of reasons. But I want to make sure that I've given them the skills of science study, experimentation and documentation that will allow them to suceed when they do hit high school science. Any thoughts? Updated to add: What are the goals and objectives that you have for logic stage science? Is there something like the grammar stage goal of learning to read or learning to count and add? What skills or habits or abilities should a student entering high school have already mastered?
  15. I just read about this and was wondering how complete it is. It's got great reviews on Amazon but I was wondering does it give you detailed lesson plans or are you left having to do alot of the that. Could someone explain how they used it? What they liked or disliked about it? Thanks
  16. LOL, I am so tired of doing free nature study. I think we've done that since we started homeschooling. How can I put together a good science curriculum for one or two days a week that is free or nearly free. I know we don't necessarily "need" a science curriculum, but it helps my evaluator think we have a well rounded curriculum. :glare: I wanted to do AIG God's Design for Heaven and Earth, but the money had to go to more useful curriculum. Could I design my own easy to use yet fun Heaven and Earth curriculum to span younger elem and older elem? Suggestions? Am I crazy? BTW if you read my "can't do this anymore" thread please know that science is something we do enjoy doing together and my evaluator likes to see it. We probably won't do anything heavy. Only once or twice a week. KWIM?
  17. I was searching for info on the Noeo science program and came across a thread with a fabulous list of science books. Now I can't find that list and don't seem to have bookmarked or printed it out. Augh! This is a list with lots of Usborne books as I remember and is kind of like the Noeo program, using science books for kids rather than a textbook. If someone could guide me to the thread, that would be helpful. I am debating what kind of science curriculum to use for a 10yo who really likes science.
  18. There's a great thread somewhere that begins with a very comprehensive list of science books, for late elementary I think. I found it when I have been researching the Noeo curriculum. So the list is like doing Noeo somewhat. But now I can't figure out where it is on here. Could someone help please? Thanks!
  19. Please compare and contrast Prentice Hall Biology vs. AP Biology textbooks. If you're familiar with a different set of textbooks that also offers regular Biology vs. AP, please comment about that set. TYVM. ETA: I'll change the question a little. If you had a kid who eats and breathes science materials, what would you be using for a solid hs biology program? He seems to already know much of any science text he's used in the past -- including Lyrical Life Science, Science in a Nutshell, and PH Science Explorer. I need to keep him interested. Ack!
  20. What are you using for science? My sons will be 7 and 9 next year (roughly grades 2 and 4, respectively), they are very science-minded kids and already know a lot about science. I have failed to get their attention this year with the WTM method, and I'm looking for alternatives. We are secular homeschoolers too. And they love hands-on projects/experiments. Please tell me what you are using, describe some of the topics covered, how do your kids like it, is it expensive/difficult, where do I find it?
  21. Do the students write in these students books? Have you bought and used RS4K and not liked it? Why? How much would we benefit from a good microscope and slides with this? Why do you love it? Please help me make a settled decision on this. I have several things to contribute to whatever final decision we make but no spine we love. We made a big switch in math for the first time in years and it took much agonizing and research. :) I've narrowed it down to RS4K and one other. If you have contributions I would really appreciate your thoughts this time. Pretty please! :) Thank you!
  22. My 3rd grade son is already taking a science class through a local homeschool tutoring service, but it is NOT meaty enough for him. They are using the ABEKA 3rd grade science book but it is not advanced enough for our son and is quite remedial in my opinion. I'm looking for something he can do independently, as he is VERY motivated and an advanced reader. He devours books. Something like chemistry would interest him a lot. I've looked at 2 science books, BJU press 3rd grade science, and Calvert 3rd grade science but am wondering if I should do something like Apologia or something more living books oriented instead of textbook. Again, I would like him to be challenged but also work independently (maybe 2 days a week). Also, he will be taking the Stanford Achievement Test at the end of this school year so I'd like him to be able to test well, obviously. Thanks for any advice!!!!
  23. I love them both. :lol: God's Design is exactly what I wanted: structure, review, biographies and projects without all the bells and whistles that others like Christian Kids Explore add in such as memory cards. All I can comment on is the World of Plants, it's just the right level for elementary, not too deep like I feel Apologia is but not too light either. Of course, Shanleya's Quest is a living book treasure...I'm so happy I decided to take a chance and get it. I'm sure it will be a favorite in our home.
  24. Let's see if I can word this correctly, Has anyone made up there own science course for 9th grade instead of using a text book? Could you tell me what you did and how you did it? Or is this just a bad idea and one should just stick with text books at this grade? Thank you
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