Science: ABeka plus Self Teaching Guides for Astronomy, Chemistry and Physics (in high school) I also use Eyewitness books on Chemistry, Physics, etc..
I have used this for several yrs now. I am down to just one child to school as all the others have now graduated. The one still in school is 13.
My youngest used Apologia's Astronomy with the notebooking journal for 4th grade. The book was great and we both really enjoyed it, but the journal was a bit too much for him at that age. Now they have Junior Journals that are more suitable for the younger kids. That same year my oldest was in 7th and used Apologia's General science with great success.
Last year, for 5th and 8th grades I combined them using Real Science 4 Kids. We used all 3 of their level 1 textbooks: Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Along with the lab books and language connects books. It was a great year of science! We all loved it.
Now this year, it is back to Apologia. They are so thourough and complete that I feel the most confident having the kids use them at these levels. My oldest is doing Chemistry(his choice) and my youngest is using the Anatomy & Physiology book. And my oldest is sitting in on 5 of the chapters with younger brother for his Health credit.
Another science curriculum that I have had my hands on and really looked at is Bob Jones. I like those as well, but I felt that you needed the DVDs to make it complete, and that made it too pricey for me.
What are you using or interested in Boobah?
i make unit studies for what the kids wannt to study(9,10, 12, 14,14,), and this year we are also going to go through the apologia general science for the older kids, it looks pretty good, but i know we will do indept studies on some of the things in it! we love going off on trails!
in the previous years we've used
the astronomy, zoology books by apologia, they were great for my ages
the younger kids loved to listen to us read about the subject, the kids loved doing the experiments of course we took bits and pieces and did our own studies
how i implement science is to ask the kids what they want to learn about and then make up unit studies for those subjects and we all do them together, we keep a notebook and a drawing book of what we do.
another one we like a lot is'considering gods creation' i still use parts of it in our unit studies, and its one of those that all ages can learn from.
Two days a week we do child led nature study. Two days a week we do labs from REAL Science Odyssey (Life Science this year). I love the hands on nature of RSO, as well as how it tackles even complex ideas in ways that are reasonable for early elementary.
once a week ill be taking my kiddos to the childrens science center for their tots class, they're just prek level though so ill have to do something else later on
My kids are in Kindergarten and we use the classical education model which doesn't put a great deal of emphasis on subjects other than reading, writing, and arithmatic during the K years (in fact the old model of classical education, you didn't start school until first grade). But our states require that we teach these other subjects so we combine our social studies and science into a block called "Kinderculture." Example: we use weekly themes, one week will focus on hordicutlure (gardening) for science, and then the different sorts of hordiculture there are (community gardens, farms, personal gardens, etc) for social studies. We compliement the weekly themes with field trips - this one was to the nature center, botanical gardens, etc.
Beginning next year, we will be adding science as an actual subject. We will be using this curriculum which takes the "spin" out of science. It doesn't teach Darwinism, Intelligent Design, or Creation, just the hard science, and we will introduce these theories later as they progress into the logic and rhetoric phases on the classical education model.
We will be using an online program called super charged science, that way DS can feel like he is in a class once in a while and not have to listen to mom try to explain something she has no idea what she is talking about!
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