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Introducing scientific concepts in the context of history, the days of creation are used as a structure through which a wide variety of scientific topics are introduced, including: light, energy conservation, air & water, botany, the solar system, zoology, and some aspects of human anatomy and physiology.
A total of 90 lessons are included; 15 for every creative day in the Genesis account. The first 12 are "normal" lessons and the last 3 are challenge lessons. Depending on how much science you wish to teach in your homeschool, there are enough lessons to cover every other day for the length of a school year, or, you can finish the book by only doing two lessons a week (and skipping the challenge lessons).
Students will love the hands-on activity that begins each lesson. Most are experiments (that have been field-tested for homeschoolers!), and include step by step directions to keep you on track. As this curriculum was designed for all elementary-aged students to use together, the main lesson text takes a conversational, easy-to-read tone that all students can comprehend; illustrations and photographs are integrated throughout. Review assignments close the lesson; questions are grouped for "youngest, older, and oldest" students. Students are instructed to keep a notebook, and the activities include both drawing and writing type notebook assignments. For evaluation, the notebook or oral questions can be used; tests are not included, but are in the Helps & Hints book (sold-separately).
Experiments use common household goods, though for some items that may not be on-hand, a list is provided at the beginning of the book. A full materials list for each creation-day chapter is also included for easy preparation.
299 pages with glossary and index. Hardcover. Elementary Grades K-6.
Vendor: Berean Builders Publishing, Inc
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JenWisconsinAge: 35-44Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Very Pleased!October 3, 2014JenWisconsinAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5My high school students use Jay Wile's science textbooks (through Apologia) in our homeschool, with which I've always been pleased. I was happy to see that Science in the Beginning has his familiar format, though written with a younger audience in mind. I'm using this book with a 1st grader and 4th grader. Sometimes the text goes a little above my 1st grader's head--or it gets a little long--but my 4th grader is always *there* right with me. An experiment in each lesson helps solidify (and make fun!) the concept in each lesson. I also appreciate that there are a total of 18 optional lessons--three at the end of each of six units. Sometimes I need permission to not do every lesson in a book. (You homeschooling moms know what I mean.) If you do two lessons per week, you'll finish all of the "required" lessons in a 36 week school year. If you do three lessons per week, then you'll complete every lesson--optionals included.
Both of my children enjoy writing/drawing in their science journals, though my younger child needs some help with this. (He *wants* to do this. It's not required for his age.) We use bound composition books that have lines on the bottom half of the paper while the top half is blank. These journals will be a nice keepsake for each of them, and they also serve as a record of their work. Each lesson takes us between 30 and 45 minutes, depending on my children's level of interest, ability to understand, or downright stubbornness on that particular day. (Again, you know what I mean.)
The Helps & Hints book has answer keys for the student review questions at the end of each lesson--plus a few hints for most experiments and descriptions of what journals entries should look like. It also contains 12 optional tests--two for each unit--and their answer keys. The questions are a combination of multiple choice and short answer. (These are more suitable for older elementary.) The content of these tests does not take material from the optional lessons. The owner of the book is free to photocopy these tests.
Faith52525 Stars Out Of 5Great Multi-Age Science Curriculum!August 27, 2014Faith5252Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a wonderful science curriculum! The lessons are packed full of information, easy to understand, and short enough to hold my kindergarteners attention while stimulating my 5th grader with great vocabulary and new concepts. I love the multi-age questions and the experiments are fun for everyone. I did purchase the lap book that goes with it, but a science notebook would be just as effective.