Science, isn’t it one of the hardest things to find the right curriculum for?
You’ve seen some of the things we’ve done in our science class this year, and you’ve seen my children share that they now like science, but you may still be wondering what it is that made Bright Ideas Press Christian Kids Explore Earth and Space such a great option for us? And how easy is it to teach?
We did not use this as an every day curriculum. I basically divided each of the 30 lessons into 3 days.
Day 1 – I print out the coloring page for them (from the CD, so much easier than making a copy) and it is permitted to make print outs of those pages and the worksheets for your immediate family. They color those while they listen to me read the first part of the lesson, the explanation part. We discuss it a little and then add the coloring page to our science notebook.
Day 2 – We do the activity or experiment (a very few of these need night before preparation, such as freezing the ice for the glacier experiment).
Day 3 – We do the worksheet if applicable, and discuss what we did and what we have learned. I found some of the worksheets to be more upper level elementary, so on those sections we either skipped day 3 or added the discussion time after the activity.
I found the Bright Ideas Press teacher’s guide very easy to use with multiple ages, and appreciated that the vocabulary definitions were included. But my absolute favorite thing about Bright Ideas Press’ CKE Earth and Space Science curriculum is that it awakened a love for science within my kids, and within myself, that I was afraid we might not ever have.
Watch the short video where I explain more, and then, go check out Bright Ideas Press.
We are looking forward to doing the chemistry book next. And don’t forget Bright Ideas Press also has other subjects, for instance we also love their Wonder Maps program for our history, geography and literature studies!