Classical Science Simplified

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I have found Answer’s in Genesis’ God’s Design for science to be a kind of secret curriculum that very few folks know about.  You may be surprised to know that it is one of Cathy Duffy’s top 101 curriculum.
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While I was visiting a friend I noticed she was using a Science Curriculum that I had looked at several times in curriculum stores but never quite understood how it was meant to be used. I asked her to explain the curriculum to me.Then I borrowed some of her books and began using it with my family instead of Apologia. After a few days I was pretty enamored with it. Even after I’ve had to double up on it a couple of days this quarter I don’t feel rushed or overloaded and still really enjoy it.

Why use it in a classical setting

God’s Design for Science has a 4 year cycle just like Mystery of History and it follows “The Well Trained Mind’s, suggested Science rotation.  Additionally, it provides a broad overview of the Sciences  with each book covering the following:

  •  Life: The Human Body, The World of Plants, The World of Animals
  • Heaven and Earth: Our Planet Earth, Our Weather and Water, Our Universe
  • Chemistry and Ecology: Properties of Matter, Properties of Atoms and Molecules, Properties of Ecosystems 
  • Physical World: Heat and Energy, Machines and Motion, Inventions and TechnologyAIGInside

The books cover ages 5-13 which enables me to teach all of my students K-8 together which simplifies my life considerably.

How to use this curriculum

Each  lesson is broken into bite size pieces. There are two reading sections. First we read the Beginners (K-2)  and they answer the questions or we discuss the questions at the end of the section. Then they  write out the definitions for the vocabulary windows for their can add it to their notebooks.  This is done by children who are writing reasonably well, other may draw pictures and some do not do it all. Then we read the Main section to the 3-8th graders and all of the students answer the “What did we learn” Section while only the the 6th -8th grade answers the Taking it Further section. I often assign the Special Feature for older children to read independently. Additionally, I assign additional readings found on my list of 50+ Grammar Level living Science Books that you’ll receive when you subscribe to this blog. Finally, sometimes we do an experiment, however, our Co-op is designed around this book and we do most of the experiments there.

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The curriculum is laid out in such a way that we are able to easily execute the lessons each day. And that is pretty much why we enjoy this curriculum in a nut shell!

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayneand Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayne and Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

7 thoughts on “Classical Science Simplified

  1. I love Answers In Genesis. When my kids were little, before I understood the beauty of curriculum, I used to go to their question area and my kids and I would go through that in the order of the classical science model. It worked really well, and we enjoyed it. Knowing now what a wonderful thing having a set guide can be, such as a well laid out curriculum, I can imagine this is amazing!! I
    do have their specific Bible curriculum for the younger years and really enjoy that too. They’re amazing!!
    Thanks for sharing. I might have to go through these myself, or get them as a supplement for my kids who are in public school now…keep them in the correct perspective.

  2. Thank you for the review of God’s Design for Science. It always helps to see how others use curriculum in their house. We’d tried it with the old version, with little success, but it sounds like the new editions truly span the ages from K-8. Thank you!

    1. Okay, I saw the old version and the new version is totally different in layout and ease of use. We have enjoyed it’s simplicity and ease of use! I’m glad it was an encouragement to you!!

  3. It is such an interesting science curriculum which is suitable for classical education. We are also a classical eclectic. I would like to find more about it. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I wouldn’t have guessed that AIG science would fit the classical model. Very interesting! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Because it was a 4 year curriculum covering the broad range of sciences it felt very classical to me. Then I read this on the AIG website “God’s Design for Science was developed with the classical model of education in mind, such as
      that laid out in the book, The Well-trained Mind. This model recommends the following course
      of study in the sciences:”fromhttp://cdn.answersingenesis.org/doc/prod/etc/info/40-1-271_FAQs-1-10.pdf

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