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Keeping in mind my kids are 10,8 and 5 so my older 2 are familiar with many of the concepts...we are zooming through 1 to get to 2 next fall. I alot 30 minutes per lesson. This week the one that covered energy including digestionm liver, kidneys, etc...I spent 2 'lesson periods' on. But usually it's just 30 minutes. I would guess if it was just my 5 year old or my kids hadn't covered these topics in some format previously, I would slow it down and take an hour or more per lesson, but that would include more supplementary read alouds and time to cycle back and review. We do very few read alouds right now. It's not our only science curriculum.

 

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I can't answer the question yet, as we've only done 1 lesson and my kids are also older. But some lessons in the 1st book include making a little booklet (cut 1-2 pieces of paper the long way, fold in half and staple). In the 2nd book students are to use a composition book (or similar) and have a lab notebook - drawings, conclusions, etc. You can see that section on Amazon if you select the appendix from the table of contents.

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We definitely never take as long as what the book says. It's not our only science curriculum either, but even if it was I can't possibly see taking the amount of time listed for each lesson. We generally take less than half the time recommended, although that doesn't include reading supplementary books, which we do for every lesson.

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We don't do lapbooks and when he reommends making a book, we haven't done it yet. Usually prep is just reading through, making sure I have any pictures I need from the internet or library books ahead of time, and I tend to make a short list of questions I want to cover so I can easily refer to it once I start, rather than trying to read through the book as I teach.

 

Once I labelled our laminated world map with the biomes, cut 15 pictures of animals out of kid magazines, researched where they lived online and had the kids post them on the map. That took probably over an hour of prep, but we had just covered biomes in our bio curriculum as well so that was OK. Mostly we just discuss! (but my kids are 8+10)

 

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OK, so the estimated time in the book included prep time? I was thinking just straight lesson time (I plan to start slowly prepping now for 1st - just to ease the "burden" come Fall).

 

I've found some schedules where people use 2 weeks to go over just one lesson. Is that reasonable or a bit much? I do plan to include as many of the suggested reading (at least parts) as well.

 

Thanks for the advice/info!

 

ETA: It seems to me, based on your replies, that I could do 3 days of science for one lesson (break the lesson up into 2 small chunks, for CM-ish short lessons, then a day for supplemental books)....

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OK, so the estimated time in the book included prep time? I was thinking just straight lesson time (I plan to start slowly prepping now for 1st - just to ease the "burden" come Fall).

 

I've found some schedules where people use 2 weeks to go over just one lesson. Is that reasonable or a bit much? I do plan to include as many of the suggested reading (at least parts) as well.

 

Thanks for the advice/info!

 

ETA: It seems to me, based on your replies, that I could do 3 days of science for one lesson (break the lesson up into 2 small chunks, for CM-ish short lessons, then a day for supplemental books)....

 

It depends on the lesson. D1 is taking us 3 days, but it has three separate parts--gravity, horizontal/vertical, and the sun/moon/Earth gravity relationships. Usually I'd take 2 days per lesson.

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