How I Switched Homeschool Science CurriculumLeah Courtney
Like every homeschool mom, I have my favorite curriculum choices, written by those publishers who I turn to again and again through the years. But every once in a while I find myself at a loss because a curriculum I’ve loved doesn’t work out for one child. My kids aren’t the same as me or the same as each other.
Even though I might love a curriculum or it may have worked well for a sibling, doesn’t automatically mean it is right for a particular child.
This happened for us with science. I had a science program that we had used for quite some time, and it seemed to work well. But when my son hit middle school and moved to doing his science independently, it didn’t fit him.
He struggled; I struggled.
Finally I realized that it just wasn’t going to work no matter how much I loved that program.
I agreed to look for something else, but I was picky. I wanted a curriculum that was from a Christian worldview and that was easy enough for him to read without being simplistic. I wanted it to cover all the relevant information and not be watered down.
I began with Christian Kids Explore Physics. We jumped into it, and I realized that this curriculum was a great balance. It was still covering the information I wanted him to cover, but it was easier for him to read and more focused, so he could grasp his homeschool lessons.
The curriculum really worked for my son, and we’ve since used other books in the Christian Kids Explore series. Here are some of my favorite things about the curriculum.
Written from a Christian Worldview
Because we teach our children to understand and defend their faith, using a science curriculum that grounds them in their Christian worldview is important to us. The Christian Kids Explore Science curriculum is written from the perspective that learning about science can help us appreciate God’s creation. There are Scripture verses incorporated in each lesson. Students see that a belief in God as Creator is a reasonable scientific stance.
Easily Adaptable for Multiple Ages
Because it makes my teaching role easier when I can combine my children, I love curricula that I can use with multiple kids. In the year that my son began using Christian Kids Explore Physics, it was a curriculum that only he used. He did the reading himself, and I helped with the hands-on and discussion sections. But I’ve also used the curriculum with multiple grades where I did the reading aloud and we did all activities together. This curriculum works well for either situation.
It’s a multi-grade curriculum (for grades 4-8), so it is easy to use for some or all of the family, adapting reading and activities as needed.
Incorporates Hands-on Activities
Some children- my son included- learn better doing than reading. The Christian Kids Explore Science curriculum has a good blend. Each lesson has reading as well as hands-on and discussion activities. I really like this because I think science, particularly, is a subject that needs to be understood experientially as well as from reading. It’s a good balance and will help kids with different learning styles able to use the curriculum successfully.
The Christian Kids Explore Science series has reading, Bible memory, hands-on activities, and more.
Makes Mom’s Life Easier
The curriculum comes with a resource CD. This awesome CD includes lesson plans, materials list, a literature study, and many reproducibles from the book. With the CD I can print out as many copies of the questions, chapter charts, chapter color sheets and more as I need. I love it when things are made easy for me.
And that is how the Christian Kids Explore Science series saved our science program. I found something new; it worked well for my son; and it’s turned into a curriculum that I can trust and recommend.
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