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4 Stars Out Of 5
September 8, 2009
Because I am homeschooling 4 children from ages 5 to 12, I look for multi-level curriculum. God's Design for the Physical world fits the bill perfectly. The information is precise and clear. Ideas & terminology are explained in a way that is easy to understand. I like this curriculum better than others (such as lifepac) because most of the activities can be done with houehold materials. The books offer a variety of activities, which can be used to make the material more or less challenging depending on the student. It is hands-on, but you don't have to spend the entire day setting up for the lesson. The only thing I would change, is that I would like to see a larger assortment of worksheets on the CD--ones for younger students. Overall, this is a solid choice for elementary students--and an easy to use curriculum for those of us who are not rocket scientists. I plan on purchasing more from the God's Design series.
The idea behind this series is wonderful; unfortunately, the execution fails miserably. The revised version while tremendously better than the original is still a complete waste of money. The depth is about right for a 1st - 3rd grade level. The experiments, and that term is used very loosely with these books are usually cheesy, even to kids. The work that it would take to adapt these books to use for a child above the 3rd grade would be tremendous and the end result would be that you maybe used the table of contents as an outline. Even though the depth is appropriate for around the 1st - 3rd grade level the interest and fun really isnt there. While these books are written from a Christian perspective even that isnt done as well as it could or should be. Please dont waste your money these. For children in 4th - 8th grade there is a wonderful series that includes Exploring the World of Physics, Exploring the World of Biology, and others. These are wonderful, interesting, factual, Christian science books. Bob Jones and Apologetics are also excellent choices for all grade levels.