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Hi Everyone! Last year, I used Kitchen Science Lab with my kiddos, and they really enjoyed it. We didn't get anywhere near finishing it, and they still beg to do it this year. I wanted to do a more formal science this year and chose Apologia Astronomy. We just finished the Earth chapter. Here's the problem. . .

 

1. They are already kinda bored with astronomy as a whole. We could have easily studied astronomy for a couple of months and moved on to something else.

2. Since they are bored, it is hard for them to pay attention.

3. I would like to finish studying the solar system but do not necessarily want to spend the entire school year on it. 

4. I would like to work on Kitchen Science Lab at least once a week but feel like we do not have the time because of astronomy.

5. We are using astronomy in a class. So, we can't just completely ditch it.

 

What are you suggestions for completing this school year?

 

What would you recommend for next year? I am not AT ALL familiar with science curriculum, so please include the whole name of the curriculum before using abbreviations. 

 

I was kinda curious about BJU and A Reason for Science,  but I am open to other suggestions.

 

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You might look at RS4K for a ten week/ten lesson astronomy course with ten experiments. Then it would be easy to fit in your Kitchen Science Lab when you want. It's very good scientific language written in a very easy to understand elementary level. If you are looking for YE creation, they are neutral, I believe, but you might want to check their position in astronomy as it is most relevant there.

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This year: I'd just read and discuss the text for the class, minimize any work that isn't necessary, and then let them delve into interest-led science for the rest of the week.

 

Next year: I couldn't pick a grade or age out of that post, so I'll assume early elementary since astronomy is the easiest Apologia book. I had planned on Mr. Q life for my current third grader, but she is all about ornithology right now and I'm capitalizing on it. (Burgess Bird Book and lots of extras) My 6yo just listens to read alouds from Childcraft or other living science books and occasionally watches kiddie science shows. Last year DD/3rd used the upper elementary Science Shepherd set. It was very simplistic and I never would have bought it outright (we won it in a drawing), but she loved it. I wouldn't use the upper level intro science book worth anyone over 2nd grade; they seriously misjudged levels on that one.

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My personal favorite for elementary is Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding.  It is NOT open-and-go, but it is complete and wonderful and there is no boredom factor because you move between the various branches of science.  I don't follow it to a T, but I refer to it ALL THE TIME when making our eclectic science plans.  It is real science, and not a bunch of fluff the way some elementary programs can be.  

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I'd do the thing everyone likes and ditch the thing no one likes. If you finish this year strong... enjoying science...I bet your way forward next year will easily come into focus.

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