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2 Stars Out Of 5
Mile wide but inch deep
October 3, 2012
Our homeschool science co-op (grade 3 to 6) has been using this book. I appreciate the Christian perspective, but am very disappointed at the book as a science curriculum.
Yes, like the other reviewer Ladybee says, it introduces lots of terminologies. The problem is that it rarely explains any concept behind the terminologies sufficiently and clearly; the book jumbles up all those abstract terms together, often in a not so orderly sequence. Personally, I don't think that this is a good way to lay foundations for further higher level studies of science.
For example, lesson 5 is about force. In less than 3 pages, the following terms are introduced: force, tension, tensile strength, buoyancy, net force, and Hooke's law. Inevitably, each concept is only touched upon very superficially.
I was also surprised that inertia is not mentioned at all in a book about mechanical forces and machines.
I don't know what Darcie is talking about. This curriculum is excellent preparation for high school science. It introduces the terminology that is used in higher level science classes so they will be familiar with it when they get there. It has something for every level from early elementary to challenging problems for the 8th-grader. My science-oriented 6th grader thinks these are interesting and fun and my 8th-grader that doesn't care for science says the language used makes concepts easy to understand. The lessons are short and activities are pretty easy to do.
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.