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alittlelost October 12th, 2012 07:02 AM

Science?
 
We use the science program that is part of Time4Learning, but I feel like we should be doing more.

If so, what is a good science program?

I prefer something that I can sort of follow through on. In other words, I don't want to use one program this year, then need to get a new program next year. I don't mind buying new textbooks or subscriptions each year, but I just want it to be the same program. It can be computer based or textbook/workbook based. Either is fine.

I found this:
Noeo Homeschool Science Curriculum - Catalog

Which looks like it includes everything, but man, it looks expensive. And I have 3 kids, two working at 1st grade level and 1 that hasn't started school yet, so I don't want to spend that much money more than once.

Workbooks/textbooks would be reusable (I can get photocopies of the workbooks as needed). And online subscription-based programs keep track of everything for me, so that would work too.

Also, I know religion is the foundation of a lot of homeschooling, so I probably need to specify that we don't want anything with religious roots (we're letting our kids find their own way where that is concerned).

Recommendations?

Thanks in advance!

BensMom October 12th, 2012 07:31 AM

Re: Science?
 
I had suggestions until you said you wanted secular. I haven't found any secular elementary science programs that have depth. The ones I've seen all gloss over science topics like public school science books do.

alittlelost October 12th, 2012 08:23 AM

Re: Science?
 
Ah, yeah, I guess I just figured there must be a way to teach science without making it about God/Jesus. I don't think you need Jesus to have depth ;)

BensMom October 13th, 2012 06:28 PM

Re: Science?
 
You could make up your own (even using religious curricula as your spine - minus the religious part)?

alittlelost October 13th, 2012 06:51 PM

Re: Science?
 
I wish I trusted myself to make up my own :( I'm new to homeschooling, and having set curriculum has been really helpful to me (and really necessary for my autistic son). If I find something worth while, though, I'll share it with the board, in case anyone else ends up in my shoes.

therevslady October 13th, 2012 08:01 PM

Re: Science?
 
We use T4L too and I feel that there is a lot that is not covered directly that I want my kids to learn. I also buy the Everything your kid needs to know grade X for each year as well as the Learn at Home Grade X books to help me build my own science (and social studies) lessons for the year to compliment T4L. We are loosely structured (not very strict in our schedule) and I only spend about one day a season lesson planning. I put everything in a folder and I have my daughter grab those lessons from the folder once or twice a week.

I am a Christian, but I also don't theologically agree with a lot of the Christian-based science out there. I also have my degree in Anthropology and masters in Archaeology. A good scientific foundation is a priority for me to give my family. Thankfully, practical science as practiced in the real work is knowing how to ask questions, learning how to answer those questions, learning who has asked those questions before you, lots of observations and so on. For example, when studying the beginning of the universe: I find it's healthier to present and study all theories with the least amount of slant possible, then recognize your bias, study in the context of your bias, then set aside your bias to study it from another angle. Teaching my children to look at information from multiple perspectives can be beneficial for critical thinking in the long run.

alittlelost October 14th, 2012 07:05 AM

Re: Science?
 
You rock, Que! Thanks :) Your feedback here is helpful :)

ultrarun71 October 18th, 2012 06:00 AM

Re: Science?
 
I'm also in search of a secular science program.

Nancy

alittlelost October 18th, 2012 12:31 PM

Re: Science?
 
If I find anything, Nancy, I'll let you know. I'm also trying to find a good geography program.

alittlelost October 19th, 2012 01:58 PM

Re: Science?
 
Thinking of trying these:
Survive and Thrive: A Life Science Unit for High-Ability Learners in Grades K-1: Center for Gifted Education: 9781593633936: Amazon.com: Books
Water Works: A Physical Science Unit for High-Ability Learners in Grades K-1: Center for Gifted Education: 9781593633271: Amazon.com: Books
How the Sun Makes Our Day: An Earth Science Unit for High-Ability Learners Grades K-1: Center for Gifted Education: 9781593633929: Amazon.com: Books

BensMom October 19th, 2012 02:54 PM

Re: Science?
 
I've never heard of those. If you try them, please let us know what you think!

alittlelost October 19th, 2012 04:16 PM

Re: Science?
 
will do! doesn't really seem to be any "go to" for science in the homeschooling community, so I guess I have to experiment. But I like that those books are designed for gifted children. I'm hoping that will mean some advanced content that will keep them ahead of the game. Both of my kids, at this level, find science really easy so far, so I hope this is a challenge. I wish there was a better program out there.

I'm thinking this for geography:
Beginning Geography,Grades K-2 (Beginning Geography (Evan-Moor)): Evan-Moor: 9781608236763: Amazon.com: Books


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