Homeschool Science CurriculumOct 10th, 2009 | By Jessica Parnell | Category: Math and Science
I have a few favorites that depend on what you are looking for!
If you are looking for a focused study of just one topic:
Apologia is wonderful, especially if you want to teach several different levels the same thing AND if you love hands on projects. You focus on one specific subject for the year and your kids get to dig in deep. Each text requires students to keep a science notebook for the year where they record their findings, answer questions, do experiments and place diagrams. There are also a number of web links that you can access to make the learning even more in depth.
Choose between a study of Astronomy, Botany (wouldn’t use this one for really early grade levels), and Zoology I (Flying Creatures), II (Swimming Creatures), or III (Land Animals). All are written from a creation perspective and are a great way to engage your student in a full year study of something they are passionate about. Apologia receives rave reviews from many homeschoolers. Purchase it here. www.curriculumexpress.com
Pearson Science Explorer is a public school science curriculum that also provides different texts for different focused topics. Written for middle school, this program could be used down to about the fourth grade level if you choose your titles right.
Each text includes hands on activities and chapter projects as well as a number of web links for more on each subject.
Topics include Animals, Astronomy, Water, Weather, Technology, Botany and a bunch more.
The only homeschool curriculum seller I know of who carries this product is Curriculum Express.
If you are looking for more of a general science, where you cover a bit of physical science, life science and earth science all in one year, then there are different options:
For a colorful program that just provides the key information with lots of experiments to make the learning come alive, check out Singapore Science.
This one is broken down into five units for the year, each covering a different area of science and is awesome for the visual student.
Titles each year include Interactions, Systems, Cycles, Diversity and Energy.
You can view a description and sample pages here http://www.singaporemath.com/MPH_Science_s/66.htm by clicking on a title.
Order it for a discount here www.curriculumexpress.com.
This is not a Bible-based Science course.
For a Christian based program that takes the scientific principles you are learning and applies them to the Bible and Christian living, check out ACE Science.
This one is written from the perspective of a teacher and student interacting, includes a few experiments and is filled with Biblical application.
Students receive 12 workbooks for the year–in each they learn a specific character trait and a memory verse. I do not know of any site where you can see the program, but you can purchase this program here www.curriculumexpress.com.
Hope this helps!
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