Exploration Science-Physical Sci

Summary

This general physical science course uses a hands-on approach allowing students to explore the foundational principles of physical science. Using the text and lab activities, students study forces, machines, motion, energy, electricity, magnetism, sound, light, density and buoyancy. Students will also study general chemistry concepts including the structure of matter, the periodic table, chemical bonds and reactions, mixtures and compounds and the chemistry of food and living systems. In addition, students will learn the fundamental physics concepts of the earth and solar system, thermodynamics, and fluid dynamics. Throughout this course, students discover the relationship between science and daily life. The students will gain a solid understanding of the scientific method and learn to write thorough and accurate lab write-ups.

 

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Elemental Science

Summary

Elemental Science offers easy-to-use plans that feature the three keys for teaching science, 1.) performing hands-on scientific tests, 2.) gathering information, and 3.) keeping record.

Hands-on experiments provide the chance for students to interact with science face-to-face. These experiments and demonstrations come with a supply kit and have step-by-step instructions, expected results, and clear explanations.

Each program contains reading plans that will teach the students the facts they need to know. Depending upon the series, your students will be reading from living books or encyclopedias. Lastly, each of our programs includes customized notebooking pages and experiment sheets to help the students organize and share what they have learned. 

 

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Mosdos Press

Summary

Mosdos Press presents outstanding classic and contemporary literature and are dedicated to excellence in the teaching of literature, writing, vocabulary, and language arts. Meeting the most stringent academic standards, the content is intellectually challenging and morally framed. The curriculum is rigorous and engaging, and thoughtfully explores positive ideals.

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BookShark

Summary

BookShark is a complete, literature-based, curriculum that uses a variety of

educational resources including literary fiction and nonfiction, biographies, illustrations and hands-on experiments to deliver an engaging and complete education that extends beyond textbook memorization.

 

Bookshark is easy for parents to teach, providing a 36-week, 4-day schedules designed to save one day a week for sports, field trips or other extracurricular activities.

BookShark combines a proprietary History, Science and Language Arts offering with a wide range of math options, to ensure you have everything you need for an entire school year.

 

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TimberDoodle Kits

Summary

Timberdoodle kits are perfect for students who want their school at home life to be creative and fun.  Games, arts, and activities are all included in this kit along with specific instruction in every academic area.  

 

Pros:

  • Kits offer something for everyone
  • Creative and specific instruction
  • For the creative students
  • Strong geography for younger students
  • Has weekly schedule for each grade level
  • High emphasis on thinking skills
  • High quality workbooks, games and activities

Cons:

  • Parent needs to have time to prep.
  • You need to be ok with many pieces of curriculum
  • The hands on games and such don’t necessarily follow what’s being taught in the subject areas
  • Subjects are not integrated

 

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Story of the World History

Summary

Story of the World presents world history through narration and storytelling in a four-volume series. While these books are written at increasing levels of difficulty, they might be read aloud to younger children and read independently by older. Provides a classical education approach to history.

 

Pros:

  • You have the option to listen to the stories on CD instead of reading.
  • Siblings from multiple grade levels can work on curriculum together
  • Includes many optional project suggestions to deepen students’ understanding of each time period in history
  • Parents often enjoy reading/listening to the history
  • Vol. 1 -4 will give you a chronological account of history.

Cons:

  • Some of the history is violent
  • It says you can use starting in first grade, but you will have to read it to the student and explain many concepts for 1-3rd grade students
  • A lot of reading
  • Book and workbook are not colorful

 

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Saxon Math

Summary

Saxon Math program is a classical math program that teaches new concepts daily while making sure old concepts are covered again as well.  A great traditional program for every type of student.

Pros:

  • It is a rounded curriculum so skills learned will continue to re-occur through the whole level
  • Classical math instruction
  • Great for independent workers
  • The daily lessons are all in similar format which enables students (who can read) to work independently.
  • Great for kids who need repetition
  • Scripted lessons
  • Comes with a manipulatives kit

Cons:

  • Students sometimes complain about the amount of problems per day
  • Parent needs to plan time to walk through initial lesson

 

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Nancy Larson Science

Summary

Nancy Larson Science incorporates highly structured lesson plans, hands-on activity, and a variety of types of interaction. The lessons are completely scripted with explicit instructions, worksheets, and assessments.  Real books (three to six books per level) and hands-on activities mix with structured discussions, worksheets, drawing activities, and assessments to provide challenging science content in a format that is easy for the inexperienced parent to use.  

 

Pros:

  • Material is presented in a clear, easy to follow format
  • Students benefit from strong curriculum at grade level
  • Very informative but to the point
  • Well laid out
  • Scripted
  • Given a supply kit
  • Language Arts Connection

Cons:

  • May be too repetitive
  • May not stimulate a lot of creative thinking
  • Material are not really for experiments but rather to play with

 

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Moving Beyond the Page

Summary

Moving Beyond the Page is a unit study approach based on constructivist theories of learning that primarily targets gifted children. Each year’s curriculum is designated with an age range rather than a particular grade level.

  • Age 4-5 (Pre-K for advanced students, kindergarten for average students)
  • Age 5-7 (kindergarten for advanced students, first grade for average students)
  • Age 6-8 (first grade for advanced students, second grade for average students)
  • Age 7-9 (second grade for advanced students, third grade for average students)
  • Age 8-10 (third grade for advanced students, fourth grade for average students)
  • Age 9-11 (fourth grade for advanced students, fifth grade for average students)
  • Age 10-12 (fifth grade for advanced students, sixth grade for average students)
  • Age 11-13 (sixth grade for advanced students, seventh grade for average students)
  • Age 12-14 (seventh grade for advanced students, eighth grade for average students)

Pros:

    • Connects literature across many different subjects
    • Students benefit from literature-based thematic learning
    • Great for students above grade level who are good listeners (k-2) and independent workers (3+)
    • Project based learning – hands on
    • High quality materials
    • Great literature collection
  • Offers an age range rather that grade level

Cons:

    • Hard to use if teaching multiple children at once
    • Students sometimes complain about the amount of reading or lessons being read to them
    • Will need a good amount of 1:1 time for instruction and added parent prep time
  • Weak spelling instruction

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McRuffy Language Arts

Summary

McRuffy Language Arts programs cover phonics, reading, spelling, grammar, and composition. Optional handwriting workbooks easily integrate with the other components of each course. It is adaptable to students learning needs and provides spiral instruction so skills are revisited throughout the level.

 

Pros:

  • Specific language arts instruction in many areas
  • Students benefit from increased spelling, reading, and writing skills
  • Great for students at or above grade level
  • Great leveled readers come with curriculum
  • Detailed lesson guide
  • Spelling, vocabulary and comprehension tied in very well with the reading
  • Has online games available that work with each lesson

Cons:

  • Students sometimes complain about the numerous books and worksheets
  • Not good for a struggling reader
  • Parent needs to prep

 

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