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 Technology
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.
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!Save money, time and get it done, go ahead and subscribe! Often my posts contain affiliate links. Affiliate link purchases help us to pay for this blog and for our curriculum. Thank you for using them when you are able.