Monday, 16 April 2012

A Review -- Christian Kids Explore Science

My first review with the TOS Crew was for Christian Kids Explore Physics by Bright ideas Press. The kids and I had a chance to review the 2nd edition for over a month! This program is geared for 4th to 8th grade. However, it can easily be used to younger kids. I was able to make it work for both my 2nd and 4th grader with minor adjustments as we do science together:).


In addition to the book we had access to the resource CD which includes: material lists, daily lesson plans, bonus literature study guide and the following reproducibles: Unit reviews, follow up questions for each lesson, Coloring pages, and Activity Charts. The cost of this program is $39.95.

You can see sample pages from the book here.

The book is divided into 6 units with a total of 30 short lessons
Unit 1: Foundations of Physics
Unit 2: Matter
Unit 3: Mechanics
Unit 4: Matter in Motion
Unit 5: Energy in Motion
Unit 6: Electricity and Magnetism

The program is designed to have science done 2X a week in your homeschool. The first day's lesson is to read the lesson and to review questions at the end of the lesson. Also you can work through the vocabulary words and Bible verse, and do the coloring the page for the unit if you choose. The second day includes a hands on activity such as a puzzle or experiment. There is also optional additional and/or supplemental reading suggested if you wish to have your child deep a little deeper on the subject of the week:)!


OUR FAMILY'S THOUGHTS

This is a nice program,but it wasn't a great fit for us as we have different teaching beliefs when it comes to science. However that said I was able to make the program work for us by leaving out those parts. We did prefer it when the lesson ended in a science experiment versus another activity like a puzzle. We really like that the materials needed to complete an experiment were listed a head of time and most were common items we could easily find.


To read about my Crew Mates’ Bright Ideas Press adventures with this and other CKE science books, visit the Crew Blog!



~Disclaimer~I received this download as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew for review purposes. No other compensation was received and opinions are my own.

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