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  1. Jen
    Wisconsin
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Very Pleased!
    October 3, 2014
    Jen
    Wisconsin
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    My 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.
  2. Faith5252
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Multi-Age Science Curriculum!
    August 27, 2014
    Faith5252
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This 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.
  3. ScienceMommy
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Awesome product
    August 20, 2018
    ScienceMommy
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    After looking at several science curriculums for my 1st and 2nd graders, including some of the big names like Bob Jones, I was a little disappointed at the rigor of the material. Maybe it's because I'm a biologist and thus a little picky about science, but I wanted something that was more than just a few concepts being barely introduced. I wanted them to learn some significant science and understand how things work. This curriculum does that. They get to really explore and see for themselves with the experiments. Plus, it's about 1/4 the cost of Bob Jones science and I can do it with both of my kids together. I can adjust the questions to their level of understanding so they each get challenged without it being too much for them. I expect we will go through all of these Berean Builders books.

    The helps and hints book is well worth the extra few dollars as it provides not just answers for the questions in each exercise, but tests and the answers for the tests. I didn't really need the answers to the lesson questions, but the tests save me time so I don't have to write my own.
  4. mom2five
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    text is simply explained and enjoyable
    February 19, 2018
    mom2five
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I am using this for a 10 and 8 year old. I really appreciate the brevity and the simplicity of the explanations in each lesson as well as how an experiment for each is included. My children understand and can easily explain what they learned.
  5. The Donovan Family
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Science in the Beginning
    November 13, 2019
    The Donovan Family
    I tried this a few years ago with my then 5th, 3td and kinder kiddos. I honestly wasn't a fan for some reason but had it on the shelf and decided to pull it out for my 6th grader (daughter) this year. Well, this time around it is a hit! We absolutely love the small experiment each day as well as the reading. We are currently finishing Unit 1 and have done some AMAZING experiments that have blown our minds!! I feel it's a little advanced for most elementary kids to really understand but i think they'd enjoy the experiments if joining in with older kiddos. Each lesson takes about 30 minutes for us to complete (again with one 11 year old) . It's been a great fit for 6th grade with added notebooking pages.
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