greenmamato3 Posted July 1, 2009 Share Posted July 1, 2009 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: Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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